LONDONDERRY, NH – Anne Warner, a longtime Democratic activist, chief and elected official in Londonderry, died June 20 while battling cancer. She was 77.
Warner was just one of the founding members of the Democratic Committee of Londonderry over 40 years back, a Londonderry Supervisor of the Checklist from 2008 to 2020 and a single of only a compact handful of Democrats to be elected as a condition agent in her district in the earlier century.
A public celebration of lifestyle will be held on July 10 at city Democrat headquarters at 2 Litchfield Road in Londonderry.
Tammy Siekmann, the latest chair of the Democratic Committee of Londonderry, mentioned Warner launched the committee together with Marylinn Hoffman, Mary Tetrau and Winston Grady, and served different management roles in the committee, and as a delegate on the executive committee of the Rockingham County Democratic Committee.
“She was sort of like our Granny D, if you will,” explained Siekmann, referring to Doris “Granny D” Haddock, the New Hampshire political activist who rose to fame in her 80s when she marched across the place for marketing campaign finance reform.
Warner died of most cancers of the mind, lung and kidney, in accordance to Siekmann, speaking on behalf of Warner’s partner Gregory Warner. She claimed Warner survived kidney most cancers about 20 decades ago and had just one kidney taken out.
Warner was identified yet again in April 2019, treatment method interfered with her attendance at the State Property. It was in remission just after six months of treatment, Siekmann mentioned, but it returned a short while ago.
She is survived by her partner, her brother Walter Rynkiewicz, and her sisters Alexandra Hill and Florence Webb.
Though Republicans have lengthy dominated the Condition Residence seats from Rockingham District 5, Siekmann claimed Warner was so effectively recognized in city that she was able to get a seat in 2018, an in particular unusual feat.
Lisa Whittemore was the initially Democrat to win a seat for Democrats in that district in about 125 years, when she gained in 2012, Siekmann said. But that was throughout a presidential election 12 months.
“So when Annie received elected in a midterm, that has hardly ever took place in background for a Democrat in Londonderry,” Siekmann explained.
While Warner was there to winner her Democratic ideals, she was also keen to arrive at throughout the aisle and operate with Republicans on some difficulties, Siekmann said.
“She normally noticed previous irrespective of whether you ended up a Republican or a Democrat, and she was prepared to work with them,” she mentioned. “She caught some flak for that.”
Warner served as Supervisor of the Checklist in Londonderry since 2008, undertaking the crucial but unglamorous perform of aiding people sign-up to vote, processing elections and retaining the precision of the checklist. She retired from that in 2020.
“I think (Warner) beloved her neighborhood. I feel that she required to give to her neighborhood and support it. And she considered deeply in the democractic approach,” said Kristin Grages, the recent chair of the supervisors of the checklist.
She said it was vital to Warner that integrity in elections be preserved, and that everybody who really should be voting bought that opportunity.
Warner also beloved supporting folks. She and her partner Greg would normally be the to start with to volunteer to travel men and women to the clinic when desired, and helped in all sorts of ways in the local community, according to Grages.
Grages said she also remembers when Warner produced an affect in her own son Alex’s existence when he was about 6 decades old (about a few many years back).
“She observed out that my son beloved trains and it was a passion that her spouse shared with him, so she would convey him practice magazines and a teach Christmas ornament,” Grages stated. “She was constantly swift to master about other people and their passions and hook up with them.”
Democrats started out leasing the Litchfield Road farmhouse in the summer season of 2017, and it was the first steady foothold of serious estate the social gathering had in city for a extensive time, Siekmann reported.
When they essential income to preserve leasing the making, the Warners made a extra than $5,000 donation to the committee, Siekmann claimed.
Siekmann claimed Warner may possibly have been a pioneer for the occasion in this portion of the state, but she is viewing the begin of a demographic change that could guide to a extensive-expression Democratic electrical power foundation in Londonderry and neighboring Derry, which mixed have plenty of Democratic voters to rival Manchester, she claimed.
As her husband is a Vietnam War veteran, Warner’s cremated stays will be buried at New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Her obituary can be read listed here via Peabody Funeral Households and Crematorium