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Ann B. Cummings

February 20, 1943 — May 6, 2020

Ann B. Cummings, age 77, of Boiling Springs, PA, died suddenly of natural causes on the morning of Wednesday, May 6th, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Carlisle with her husband of 57 years by her side.
Ann, affectionately known as ABC by her many friends, was born on February 20, 1943, in Derby, CT, to the late Francis and Bertha (Gryken) Balkunas. She grew up in Seymour, CT, and graduated from Seymour High School. She went on to attend the University of Connecticut earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Psychology.
She married Francis J. Cummings from Waterbury, CT, and accompanied him to Bamberg, Germany, when he received his commission as second lieutenant in the US Army. Their assignments over the next 30 years took them to Louisiana, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, two tours in Germany, California, Texas, Rhode Island, and Turkey. While traveling the world with her husband, she performed many vital roles as a social worker, thrift shop manager, group therapist, art teacher, human services coordinator, and enthusiastic collector of penguins. She was a very loving and devoted mother to two children and many pets and expertly managed the homefront and other responsibilities while her spouse served on extended military tours in Vietnam and other distant locations.
In 1989, Ann moved to White Rock Acres near Boiling Springs, PA, when her husband was assigned to the faculty of the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks. After their retirement, they remained in the Boiling Springs area where she was active in many groups and volunteered with several organizations, including Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, while caring for her beloved mother Bert. She spent many happy days playing tennis on local courts and especially enjoyed her matches at the former Allenberry Resort.
Ann was predeceased by her parents “Bert and Bunny” and her infant sister Grace. She is survived by a daughter, Lisa (husband David) Edwards of Utah; a son, David (wife Lorena) Cummings of Texas; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Heather Edwards both of Utah.
Ann will be laid to rest in her family’s plot in a private ceremony at St. Augustine’s Cemetery in Seymour, CT. A celebration of life will be held in her PA home at a date to be determined later.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 2020 West Trindle Road Carlisle, PA 17013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT; Nobody’s Cats Foundation in Camp Hill, PA; or to any non-kill animal shelter supporting the care, well-being, and love of cats.
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