June 16, 1948 – July 15, 2020
Ann Marie Rondeau Morgan, 72, of Chatham, MA passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 following a 6 year battle with cancer.
Ann was born on June 16, 1948 in Nashua, New Hampshire and was the daughter of Adrian Alfred “Pete” Rondeau and Mary Ann Hardy Rondeau.
She was a lifelong learner and enjoyed teaching others what she had learned. She taught students in Chatham Elementary and Middle Schools, retiring in 2009 to enjoy her grandchildren. Prior to teaching in Chatham, she taught in Acton, Massachusetts, Wilton Connecticut and Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
Ann was an excellent knitter and avid gardener, always having beautiful flower gardens.
Always ready for a new adventure, in March, 2000, she traveled to Alaska where she hired a bush pilot and followed the mushers in the sled dog race Iditarod. She had incorporated the Iditarod in her daily lessons for years because it was a competition that had women and men competing on an equal footing and lasted long enough to incorporate in her daily math, history and geography lessons. During her time on the trail, she used one of the first examples of distance learning in Chatham with her students via the Internet providing them with daily updates and telling them about what she was experiencing and what she was observing about how well the mushers treated the sled dogs.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Jacqueline Lorraine “Jackie” Milroy and Germain Alice “Terry” Moore and brothers John Francis “Sonny” Rondeau, Ronald Arthur “Skip” Rondeau and Peter John Rondeau.
Ann leaves behind her husband of 50 years Kirwan Morgan, daughter Kim Brisbois (Dave) of Danvers, MA and son Ben Morgan ( Heather) of Chatham, 5 loving grandchildren, sisters Inis Margaret “ Peggy” Gillette of Plympton, MA, Penny Alice Batchelder of Ocala, FL, and Lyn Mary Gallant of Pittsboro, NC, and lots of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give thanks to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, VNA Hospice and Visiting Angels. Send online condolences by visiting www.nickersonfunerals.com .
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Breast Cancer Program, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215 or The Chatham Angel Fund, PO Box 201 North Chatham, MA 02650.
Due to Covid, no wake or service is planned at this time. A graveside celebration will be planned at a later date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
July 28, 2020
I had the pleasure of teaching on a team with Ann for several years before she retired to spend time with her beautiful grandbabies, and they were some of the best years of teaching I experienced! Articulate, creative, and always ready to learn, Ann was an amazing educator and colleague alike. I love how she was always ready to tie any bit of curriculum back to the Iditarod; she knew the value of facing a challenge head on and used that as a model for her students. Wishing her family peace during this difficult time.
July 27, 2020
Ann's family would like to thank all of you who sent cards and shared memories of her here. You have captured her so very well. And you helped us recall fond memories that we may have forgotten.
Best to you all,
Kirwan Morgan and family
July 25, 2020
I was on the interview committee when Ann applied to teach at Chatham Elementary School. It was only the start of knowing her many talents. Her 4th grade classroom was across the hall from my counseling office so we got to know each other well.
Ann and Kirwin were gracious hosts and entertained many of us at their lovely home and we were in awe of her stunning garden. Ann spoke with such affection and pride when she spoke of her children and Kirwin.
After several years, Ann moved to the middle school and soon was a superstar teaching teachers, counselors and administrators the wonders of technology.
My heart goes out to Ann’s children and Kirwin.
July 19, 2020
I’ve known Anne since 3rd grade as my best friend’s (Ben’s) Mom. She had always treated me like family. She took me on my first ski trip and introduced me to The White Mountains in NH. She always encouraged Ben and I to be outside getting muddy and playing in their pond and swamp in their backyard. She was an amazing teacher and role model/ being always ahead of our time with technology and learning. She loved her family and always showed how proud she was of Ben and Kim and their families - specially her grand kids. She loved nature and her amazing garden. I used to love visiting Ben’s house because she took pride in her cooking and she was amazing at it. I never had a bad meal when Anne was cooking/when visiting Ben! She had a great impact on my life as an example of living life as an adventure with her excursion to Alaska, skiing and always encouraging Ben and I to get out and go explore. She was also an amazing tough inspirational - positive fighter in how hard she battled cancer for so long. I’m certain she impacted each and every student she had in her classrooms through her many committed years as a teacher. Love you Anne - your impact and strong positive character lives on specially within the people who loved you most - your family - Kerwin, Ben, Kim and all your grand
Paula Feddersen Pickles
July 18, 2020
Words cannot express my sadness when I opened up fb today and saw a shared obituary from a former classmate. When I opened it up I feel so bad and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family. I sat at the same table with both of you during our 50th class reunion in 2016. I gave Ann a bracelet and never expected to get this sad news. Ann is with the angels always looking down on her beloved family.
Yours truly, Paula Feddersen Pickles
July 17, 2020
Ann Marie was my “nanny” in the summer from ages 8-11. She was like my big sister and Kimberly and Ben were at my wedding. She was kind and loving and I’m so sorry that her life was cut short. She will always be remembered , loved and missed.
July 16, 2020
Ann was such an inspiration to me during our time together as teachers at Chatham Middle School. She had an infectious laugh and a love of learning. She gave everything that she did 100% and encouraged others to expand technology opportunities for students in the classroom whenever possible. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren, who I know will miss her so very much. My heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.
July 16, 2020
There are so many times and places that hold wonderful memories in my heart about Ann. I was a good friend of Ann's younger sister, Lyn. I always remember when Ann left during a summer break to go to Cape Cod for a "Nanny" position. One day, as I recall, Ann announced her love, Kirwan Morgan. When I met Kirwan for the first time, I was at awe by his height, handsome looks, and most of all how he exhibited his love for Ann.
Ann shared wise advice and guidance to both Lyn and me as we progressed through high school. To Ann's family, Ann is an amazing person. I wish that I had more time in my humble life to spend with her.
July 16, 2020
Ann and I were 11 months apart. For two weeks each year, we were the same age. I always had the most fun during these two weeks, teasing Ann as to how "old" she was. She always got back at me as soon as my birthday rolled around two weeks later, making sure everyone knew she was the "younger" sister. When we were little our folks dressed us alike so much many thought we were twins. I will always cherish fond memories of us growing up Ann. Be sure to gather the rest of our siblings and enjoy your peace.
July 16, 2020
I first met Ann when she moved to Chatham from Acton. We were both grade six teachers. Over the years we developed a great friendship which included long walks in all kinds of weather, afternoons at the beach, and dinners with friends. We never ran out of conversation. I have been fortunate to to meet Ann’s family and saw her love and devotion to each of them, I’m so glad she had the memories of Disneyworld and Hawaii. I saw first hand Ann’s many talents and her adaptability to teaching a myriad of age groups and curricula. I witnessed unbelievable strength as she faced her illness while continuing to care for others
July 16, 2020
Ann and I enjoyed many long walks in all kinds of weather sometimes having to stop to thaw our hands. Over the years I’ve gotten to know her children and grandchildren. Family was everything to Ann, and she was able to build great memories with each of them. Ann had a strength of character that I admired over the years in the way she approached her career, a field that she loved, her many hobbies, and, ultimately, this serious illness.
July 16, 2020
Ann was a good friend and wonderful support. I enjoyed long walks with her in all kinds of weather and the occasional dinner out with friends. I am most impressed by the strength she showed in facing this difficult illness. She was a pioneer in the field of education and wasn’t afraid to take risks like flying around Alaska in a bush plane in order to satisfy her thirst for gaining knowledge and imparting it to her students.
July 15, 2020
I first met Ann when I walked into her 4th grade classroom as an enrichment teacher and noticed a dismantled bicycle for the kids to reassemble when they had extra time. I was so impressed with her teaching methods and the respect her students gave her, that I instantly adopted her as my mentor. From her cooperative teaching lessons to her Moodle introduction to the staff, she was always learning, sharing, and growing! When she transferred to the middle school, I followed and had the pleasure to work directly with her (and Rachel) . She shared everything with me!! It was during those years that she became a grandmother, and she was forever changed. She floated; she made (even) more videos, and she beamed with pride! Her love for her family was unconditional and served as a model for me! I am and will be forever grateful for her kindness, support, advice, and love.
July 15, 2020
My Aunt Ann was always smiling and seemed happy. Even suffering from cancer, she attended my mom's funeral in 2018. Photo is her wedding. My mom was the oldest sibling and on the far right. Rest in peace and go dance with your sister, Terri Moore.