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Anne V. Fuller

Anne (Annie) Vivien Fuller, age 31, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Annie was born on March 5, 1987, daughter of Lois and James Benfield.  She was raised in Norwalk and attended Columbus Magnet Elementary School and Nathan Hale Middle School.  In 2005, she graduated from Norwalk High School, where she was involved in numerous musical productions.  Annie volunteered as a tutor for the “I Have a Dream Foundation”, a program providing long term support to help children from low income communities achieve their full potential.

During her middle and high school years Annie studied classical ballet at Norwalk Sono Dance Company.  She also spent four summers working as a launch operator at Sprite Island in East Norwalk.

Annie attended Union College in Schenectady, New York, where she played rugby for four years and sang in the women’s acapella group.  She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree with departmental honors in Sociology, and a minor in dance.  In recognition of her academic achievements, Annie was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Teach for America recruited Annie immediately after college and for the next two years she taught at the elementary level in the Chicago Public Schools as a corps member of that program.  While in Chicago, Annie also completed her graduate level studies in Education and received a Masters Degree from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

In 2011, Annie moved back East and since that time, has been a teacher at Achievement First Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY, where she has taught at the second and fourth grade levels.  During her years at Achievement First, Annie co-wrote the restructuring of her charter network’s second grade reading curriculum and achieved her network’s highest recognition for her ability as a master teacher. Annie most recently has been working towards her National Certification in Teaching.

Throughout her life Anne approached every challenge and opportunity with a determination and spirit that affected everyone she came in contact with.  Annie left an indelible mark on her students, teachers, coaches, colleagues and peers, and as a loving daughter and loyal friend, she spread her joy and appreciation of life to all.

She is survived by her husband Eric Fuller of Brooklyn, her mother and father, Lois and Jim of Norwalk and sister Kathryn, brother in law Simba, and nephew James, all of Norwalk, as well as her grandparents Clifford and Eunice Benfield, of Southold, New York. Annie is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and countless friends.

A service of Christian Burial will be held at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 29th.  Officiating at the service will be Rev. John Betit.  Friends may call at Collins Funeral Home in Norwalk on Wednesday, March 28th from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Anne Fuller’s memory to First Descents (first-descents.org) or to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Attn: Emily Carter, 885 Second Ave, 7th Fl., New York, NY 10017).

  1. I am so very sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to Annie. May her memory be a blessing to you all

    March 27, 2018
    April Schwartz - friend of Annie's Aunt Aimee -
  • I did not know Annie personally, but have been so blessed to be associated with the FD Family.
    In reading Annie’s life’s journey I was very moved by her special soul, accomplishments
    and the many people she positively had an impact on. Especially the kids.
    My deepest sympathies during this difficult time and thank you for sharing
    how truly special Annie was. ❤️

    March 27, 2018
    Mike Wood -
  • Anne was such a great and compassionate teacher. I always looked forward to her emails ever week or so about my what report would be coming home. She taught my daughter who is a fourth grader at Achievement First Crown Heights Elementary School. My child loved Mrs. Fuller dearly. Accept our condolences!

    March 27, 2018
    Melania Monrose -
  • My heart aches for you all. Sending all my love xoxo

    March 27, 2018
    Veronica Lapone -
  • With our deepest sympathy for Annie’s entire family. Sh. She was a beautiful soul and left a lasting mark on those lucky enough to know her. Her happy Memories will remain forever.

    March 28, 2018
    Barbara and Frank Iannotti -
  • You have left an imprint in everyone’s heart in our special circle of tribe. You define courage and gave meaning to HOPE at the forefront. People come into our lives for a reason.
    Grateful to have crossed path with you Ja, your One amazing brave shining beautiful Soul.

    March 28, 2018
    Mike Ballesteros FD*trail ninja -
  • Dear Lois, Jimmy, Jamie, Kathy, Nancy, Ann, Louis, and your whole family, There are no words for such sorrow, only love, memories and faith. We will keep you and your beautiful family in our constant prayers and love you all. Love, Jonathan and Vanessa (D’Agrosa) Langer and the D’Agrosa Family

    March 29, 2018
    Vanessa Langer -
  • Annie was an inspiration and a joy to be around. She lit up the room, and was kind and welcoming. I was privileged to spend a weekend with her caving and rafting with First Descents. Annie was so kind to go first into that cave and she guided me through. Without her I don’t think I would have gone in! RIP Ja.

    March 29, 2018
    Marie Farrell -
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