Anne Van Nocker: 1934-2017


    Anne Rhees Van Nocker, 83, a resident of Lee County, FL for 56 years, formerly of Islesford, Maine, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born March 27, 1934 in Boston, MA.

    Anne was of the Catholic faith. She graduated from Orlando High School and Florida State University then later retired her career as a RN. She lived and worked on Ft. Myers Beach for 35 years during which time she helped get the Ft. Myers Beach Moose Lodge established. She enjoyed building the children’s floats for the Edison Parade in the early years. Then for 20 years she booked reservations for the Miss Barnegat Light Fishing charter. In addition, she organized and assisted on the Miss Barnegat Light for their first Key West Excursions, sailing out of Ft. Myers Beach.

    She is survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Clete Van Nocker of Cape Coral; eight loving children, Audrey Kaufman (Jim) of Ft. Pierce, FL, Edgar Blank of Islesford, ME, Julie Olearcek (Henry) of Colrain, MA, Gretchen Ejdys (Dan) of Cape Coral, Michelle Kurtz (Joe) of Dover, FL, Laura Barnes of Lakeland, FL, David Van Nocker of Tampa, FL and Leigh Braatz (Van) of Lansing, MI; 18 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

    Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Morgan Rhees and Helen Rhees Ham; stepfather, Lee Ham and brother, Robert Rhees.

    Memorial Services were held Monday, June 5, 2017 at Mullins Memorial in Cape Coral with Father Peter officiating.

    Memorial Contributions in memory of Anne Rhees Van Nocker are suggested to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

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    Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.