Ann Marlene West, age 58, responded to God's call to enter eternity Thursday, December 5, 2013, six days prior to her 59th birthday.
Ann was born in Jamestown. She was the loving wife of David J. West. Their 25th anniversary took place on the day of Ann's passing.
Ann was the devoted mother of David J. "Jordan" West II and Brandon M. West, both at home, and the loving grandmother of Arie Rayn Tanner-West.
Ann was well-known for her graciousness. She was a friend to many through both casual contact and the several organizations she participated in. She loved Women of Faith and the Red Hat Society. Close to her heart was Christ Community Church, as well as her past membership in The Beacon Church of Fredonia.
It was not uncommon for her holiday tables to be full with relatives and even new-found friends. She never wanted to leave any-one out.
She could often be found dining with friends at Bob Evans or having lunch at The Upper Crust with her beloved mother-in-law, Sue West.
Ann was a graduate of Jamestown High, and St. Bonaventure University, where she concentrated on early education. She began her career teaching second grade in the Cattaraugus Central School System. Later, she transitioned into criminal justice by accepting a position for the Village of Cattaraugus.
West later graduated from the Sheriff's Police Academy and accepted a position as the first female police officer in the Village of Fredonia in 1983. In June of 1996, she became the first woman in the Cattaraugus-Chautauqua County region to be elevated to the rank of sergeant. Her specialization was family and children's issues, which continued until her retirement in February 2003.
Recently, Ann enjoyed substitute teaching at Fredonia BOCES, where she was praised for her ability to connect with students and her friendly, kind demeanor.
Numerous friends and acquaintances have commented on Ann's loving personality, saying that when Ann became your friend, you had a friend for life. She was objective and fair about her interpretations of people, never angry, a unique and special lady. In her quiet way, she was always there for others.
In addition to her husband, sons and grand-daughter, Ann is survived by her mother-in-law and father-in-law; Susan and Harlan West; and her brothers-in-law Charles (Lois) and Harlan (Sheila) and their families; her brothers and sisters: Herbert R. Brooks, Jr., Nancy Lee Brooks Johnson, David C. Brooks, Sandy Brooks Haines, Susie Brooks Snyder and Donald C. Brooks.
Ann was predeceased by her parents, Herbert R. Brooks, Sr., and Eva Galbreath Brooks, and five brothers and sisters: William J. Brooks, Dorothy Brooks Hodges, Marian Brooks Andrews, Thomas P. Brooks, and Gilbert O. Brooks.
The family will receive visitors at the Larson-Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Ave., Fredonia, today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. A service and celebration of Ann's life will be held at the Christ Community Church, 219 Berry Road, Fredonia, Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Vincent Eisaman will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ann M. West Memorial Fund, c/o the Community Bank, 3909 Vineyard Drive, Dunkirk, NY 14048. Online condolences should be made at www.larsontimkofuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by David J. Dengler.