Anne E. Sturtevant

July 19, 1943July 25, 2018

Anne Elizabeth Sturtevant (Anne E. Fitzpatrick), passed away on July 25, 2018, following a traumatic brain injury caused by a fall. The week before her death, Anne had turned seventy-five, and had enjoyed a warm and wonderful time with her two children and sisters. She celebrated her birthday and her new townhome in Ames, Iowa.

Anne was born on July 19, 1943, to Donald G. Fitzpatrick and Betty L. Jensen Fitzpatrick in Oxford, Mississippi, where her father was stationed during World War II. Anne was raised in Marblehead, Massachusetts, but frequently traveled to Exira, Iowa, the childhood home of her mother and home of her grandparents, Congressman Ben Jensen and Lottie Jensen. Anne graduated from Marblehead High School as salutatorian in 1960, and graduated from the University of Iowa, Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1967. She later obtained a doctorate with honors from New York University Medical College with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1985. Anne began her clinical counseling practice in 1985, at the North Shore Counseling Center in Beverly, Massachusetts where she worked with troubled families. Anne later opened a private practice where she counseled individuals, couples, and families. During her counseling practice of thirty-three years, Anne was loved, appreciated and respected by her patients for her compassion, understanding, and sound advice. She retired just before she moved to Ames, Iowa, to live near her three sisters in 2017. Anne married Peter M. Sturtevant in 1969. They first lived in New York City, and then in Saigon during the Viet Nam War when Peter was the Bureau Chief for CBS News. During that assignment, they also traveled throughout Asia and Africa. They returned to New York City after the war. Anne was divorced in 1984, and then decided to move back to her childhood home in Marblehead, Massachusetts where she later met and married Joseph J. Kray whose company restored eighteenth and nineteenth century homes.

Anne was interested in religion, politics, and design. She enjoyed spirited religious discussions and was an active member of the Lectio Religious Discussion Group at the Old North Church in Marblehead. Also, she tirelessly worked on Massachusetts senatorial and congressional campaigns, and upon coming to Iowa, she contributed to an Iowa congressional primary campaign by calling Iowans to get out the vote. In addition, Anne loved working on her Marblehead home and gardens. After she moved to Ames, Anne invested countless hours designing her new townhome which she finished shortly before her tragic death.

Anne was loving, caring and loyal to her family members and friends. When she moved to Iowa, Anne also reconnected with alumnae from the University of Iowa and the Delta Gamma Sorority.

Anne is survived by: her daughter, Amanda Sturtevant Norton (Jon) of Vienna, Virginia; her son, Christopher Sheridan (Danielle) of Kingston, Washington; her stepson Justin Kray of New Orleans, Louisiana; grandchildren: Kyla Norton, Wyatt Norton, Megan Sheridan, Raelynn Sheridan, and Chase Guarino; sisters: Joan Bolin Betts (Daniel) of Ames, Iowa, Janet Putnam (Thomas) of Boone, Iowa, Mary Wandling (George) of Ames, Iowa, and brother, Donald G. Fitzpatrick (Kirsti) of Anchorage, Kentucky. Nieces and nephews include: Margaret Bolin Whitty (Patrick) of Chicago Illinois, Scott Putnam of Ladera Ranch, California, Randall Putnam (Angie) of Chicago, Illinois, George “Chip” Wandling (Lara) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Daniel Wandling of Phoenix, Arizona, Elizabeth Wandling Sandy (John) of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Alyse Wandling Ridpath (Robert) of Ames, Iowa, and Katrina Fitzpatrick, Micaela Fitzpatrick, and Ben Fitzpatrick of Anchorage, Kentucky. Anne also leaves several grandnieces and grandnephews. Anne was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Kray who passed away in 2009, as well as by her parents, Donald and Betty Fitzpatrick. A celebration of life will be held at the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 6th at 11AM. Burial is to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead. Online condolences are welcome at In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Plummer Youth Promise in Salem, Massachusetts.


  • Funeral Service with burial to follow in Waterside Cemetery, Marblehead Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Gila Lipton

October 3, 2018

Sometime in the early or middle 1970s, my ( late) husband, Ed Lipton, was to be working during the summer at a camp for Senior Citizens in Falls Village. CT. We were looking for a house to rent near-by, & the Sturtevant house was brought to our attention. Peter & Anne had recently returned from Viet Nam. They had seen the house on a visit to friends in the area, they had fallen in love with it & bought it, & they needed money for renovations! We fell in love with the house, also! We spent several summers there. We would see the Sturtevants usually at the beginnings and endings of the summers. Sometimes we rented for weekends during the year. Amanda was a sweet little girl we enjoyed seeing! Of course, she will not remember us.. But Anne! She was so vibrant, & so proud of her rock garden that we promised to care for. Sometimes she visited during the summers to work on it. She was a bit younger than me; I happened to come across this notice of her passing. We stopped renting in the early 80s , due to our son's birth, & later to our health challenges. We lost track of Peter & Anne; we were sad to hear of the divorce. Our memories of Anne , the family & the house have continued to be precious. Heartfelt condolences. Gila Lipton