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Anne Therese Saxelby

March 25, 1981October 9, 2021

Anne Therese Saxelby, age 40, of Brooklyn, New York passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Anne was born March 25, 1981.

A memorial service for Anne will be held Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Joseph G. Duffy, 255 9th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215.

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Marieke Penterman

October 27, 2021

As I reminisce about you, I think of the first time we met. We were in your warehouse and the impact of your vision and kindness made a lasting impression. As our friendship grew your knowledge and generosity because more evident. I remember a special time when we were in New York, we ran out of cheese samples and it was you we were able to call upon to save the day; via bike. There is a quote that goes something like, “If tears could build a stairway…” well, there would be a highway for you, Anne. You made a difference in our company, and especially my life. And for that, I will be forever grateful.


Melissa and Craig Reiff

October 25, 2021

We are heartbroken. Anne was our first babysitter when we moved to Wineberry. She showed such patience and understanding with our little ones and bonded with our eldest. She was always so creative and interesting, once sharing with me how she was traveling with her dad and wanted to learn about cheese. The world lost someone very caring, talented and giving and so very special. Our love and deepest sympathy go out to her beautiful family, siblings and our friends, her parents who are dealing with this unimaginable reality.

Melissa and Craig Reiff

Susan & Jerome O'Brien

October 23, 2021

Saddened to hear of the passing of your sweet sister, Anne. Sending sincere condolences to Bill, Megan and the entire Saxelby family.

From your Ovington avenue neighbors.

Stephanie Pietrangelo

October 22, 2021

Anne's bright smile and calm manner would stand out at my Granddaughter's birthday parties in our yard. You couldn't help being drawn to her - she had a sweet and gentle way about her. Hearing of her accomplishments as an entrepreneur made me admire her character and her drive. My heart goes out to Patrick and their children and all of the Saxelby and Martins families. Anne made a deep impression on people; she was special.

Rebekah Adamek

October 21, 2021

I lived very close to the Essex Market for a long time in my 30s and got to know Anne through her first shop there as well as at parties and holidays over many years. I send my condolences to her family. Her memory and contributions will continue to live on.

Heidi Curtiss

October 20, 2021

I was always a bit in awe of Anne, as I saw her in NYC throughout the years as her career continued to adapt and grow. My in-laws run Cato Corner, so I would help out at the Union Sq Greenmarket, back when Anne would pedal to and pick up the cheese. She always had time for a hello, even when Essex was busy. We ran into her with her young children at the airport several yrs ago and there was still time for that hello. Our hearts go out to her family, she was certainly a part of the Cato Corner Cheese family.
- Heidi Curtiss
(sister-in-law of Mark Gillman)

Amy Robinson

October 18, 2021

I met Anne in 2006 when I moved from the upper west to the lower east of Manhattan. She was so warm and welcoming, Her presence at the Essex Street Market began my love for the place and it's vendors. I learned from her, I admired her knowledge and leadership and I truly looked forward to chatting with her and buying cheese and yoghurt almost every day. I send love to her family and friends. She was a true light in this world of ours.
Amy Robinson

Donna McGreal

October 17, 2021

All my love and prayers for husband Patrick and children, parents Bill and Pam, and all of her family.

Cousin Donna

Hannah Sessions

October 17, 2021

We are still shocked by the news of Anne's passing, and our heart aches for her family. We first knew Anne in the early 2000s when we were starting our cheese business. She was one of the first to believe in us! She brought our cheese into her shop, and she also curated an art show called "The Milk is the Medium", exhibiting my and my husband's paintings next to her original shop. Anne and I bonded over our love of food, of art, and of being tall! She was one of the most stunningly gorgeous people I've ever met.

Twenty years later I still looked forward to her cheese order and exchanging pleasantries, updates, conversation via email and the occasional phone call, twice a month. Anne was so upbeat, so genuine in her love and support of others. So sad that she is gone so soon-- being only 5 years older than her, I thought we would make and sell cheese together into old age. We will carry on telling our story, the story behind the food, because that is what Anne believed in and was so good at. We miss her so, and we thank her for all that she had done for us.

Huge love from Vermont.
Greg & Hannah, Blue Ledge Farm

Lindsay and Will Bressman

October 17, 2021

There are things in life that we both cherish and that we come to expect to be there every day - for us, it was seeing Anne’s bright smile in the morning and afternoon, usually with bike in hand and three children clinging to her. Whatever the circumstance, whatever the latest challenge, from zoom school to a terrifying rainstorm, Anne’s sure-fire smile and friendly hello could pull you out of the darkest of slumps with a reminder that life can be - must be - joyous. We will miss Anne dearly and hold her generous spirit in our hearts forever. We love you Patrick, Max, Josie, and Reggie.
-The Bressmans