Anne Stevens Heckscher Deyhle passed away Tuesday, May 15, with close friends by her side. The only child of the late Julia and John Austin Heckscher, born 10/13/39, she grew up in Pemberton and Beverly.
She was a graduate of Rutgers University in Camden and undertook graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Anne was a life-long teacher. As a child she taught her girlfriends how to muck stalls in return for rides on her horses. For several years she was an Instructor in the Medical Technology Department of Franklin School of Science and Arts in Philadelphia and served as Department Chair from 1969 to 1971. She developed the Medical Technology Program and served as Program Director at the former Cherry Hill Hospital and taught there until it closed. She also worked as a Quality Control Technologist at Hercules in Burlington.
Anne was very outgoing and enjoyed meeting new people and spending time talking with friends and strangers alike. She was always encouraging the people she met to continue their education and to improve themselves.
She loved all animals but especially horses and she bred, raised and raced thoroughbreds on her farm in Florence Township for many years. And when their racing careers were over, they grazed there in comfort as long as they lived. Her childhood horse, WildFire, and his foundered companion pony also lived out their lives there.
She also loved and dealt in antiques and collectibles for many years and maintained a large space at Gristmill Antiques in Pemberton. She loved the hunt and could often be found at an auction and traveled the yard sale circuit every weekend. She loved learning about items and their place in history. She enjoyed talking about her collection and teaching her “pickers” and novices about the trade.
Final Arrangements will be private.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to her favorite charity, St. Judes.