Ann Rolfe Symroski
November 11, 1921 – June 10, 2018
Ann Sherburne (Rolfe) Symroski died peacefully at Sentara Hospital on June 10, 2018, in Williamsburg, VA at the age of 96. She was born in New Brunswick, NJ, on November 11, 1921, only child and daughter of Onslow Sherburne Rolfe and Nan Elizabeth Rolfe.
Ann Sherburne’s earliest childhood memories began when her father, Captain Rolfe, was assigned to Scofield Barracks in Hawaii. Little did Ann Sherburne know that this journey to an exciting and unknown destination would prove to be but the first of many in her chosen future as an Army daughter and Army wife.
December 19, 1942, Ann married Lt. Colonel Charles A Symroski; her residences as an Army wife included assignments throughout the United State, France, Germany, and South Viet Nam. In 1970, after Chuck’s retirement from the military, they opted to build a home in Queens Lake. Ann chanced upon an advertisement for an escort/historical interpreter position with Colonial Williamsburg and enjoyed ten fulfilling years in this rewarding role. In 1994, Chuck and Ann relocated to The Landing; Ann served a term as president of the Residents’ Association and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for coordination of the United Way letter-stuffing campaign. . Ann was an active member of the Green Spring Garden Club, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia Susan Constant Committee, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Comte de Grasse Chapter, Bruton Parish Church, Army Daughters, Jamestown Rediscovery Society, Delta Delta Delta Fraternity Theta Zeta Chapter at the University of Texas, and the Williamsburg Society of West Point Graduates.
She is survived by three daughters, Catherine Cameron of Columbia, MO; Mary Abbot Koop and her husband Stephen Douglas Koop of Essex, MA; and Joan Symroski Rolfe and her partner Randall Lee Sinnott of Eugene, OR; five grandchildren, Robert Rolfe Gilliland and his wife Lorien Meadows Gilliland, Justin Charles Rolfe-Redding, Ian Robert Rolfe-Redding, Elizabeth Anne Koop, and Charles Douglas Koop; two great-grandchildren Anna Denise Gilliland and Tobias Eric Gilliland.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, June 14 at Bruton Parish Church. The family will receive friends at 3:00PM, at a reception at the Alvin P. Anderson Auditorium at Williamsburg Landing.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsburg Landing Benevolent Fund, Bruton Parish Church, or The Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast, 912 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 22322.
- She was preceded in death by her parents, Onslow Sherburne Rolfe and Nan Elizabeth Rolfe. She is survived by three daughters, Catherine Cameron of Columbia, MO; Mary Abbot Koop and her husband Stephen Douglas Koop of Essex, MA; and Joan Symroski Rolfe and her partner Randall Lee Sinnott of Eugene, OR; five grandchildren, Robert Rolfe Gilliland and his wife Lorien Meadows Gilliland, Justin Charles Rolfe-Redding, Ian Robert Rolfe-Redding, Elizabeth Anne Koop, and Charles Douglas Koop; two great-grandchildren Anna Denise Gilliland and Tobias Eric Gilliland.
- Funeral Service Thursday, June 14, 2018
Ann Rolfe Symroski
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June 15, 2018
Ann was truly an inspiration to me. Her boundless energy, unending curiosity, love of life and so many more qualities too numerous to mention kept me in awe of her.
Among my many memories with Ann were helping her to plan her 90th birthday party and the cupcake stands we had to locate. At the time cupcakes were not the big item they are today and it was quite the challenge to find just the right stands.
She was also very instrumental in planning the the menus for annual French Club dinners. She shared many recipes and wonderful cookbooks with me.
When I was planning a trip to Paris she made it a point to be sure I knew which restaurants to visit and other sights I must not miss .
I will always hold many wonderful memories of Ann close to my heart.
My sincere condolences to her daughters and grandchildren. I know she will be deeply missed.
June 12, 2018
I grew up next door to the Symroski's in Queens Lake and have many fond memories of Chuck and Ann. They always had something kind to say and treated this long haired and bearded teenage neighbor as one of their own. Condolences to family and will be thinking of "Mrs. Symroski and the General" ..