Ann F Fastow, 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at The Medallion Jewish Assisted Residence following a six month battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
She is predeceased in death by her husband of 40 years, Norman G Fastow: parents, Morris, Rebecca and Elizabeth Feinman; her brothers Harry and Benjamin Feinman. She will be greatly missed by her son Ed Fastow and his wife Janice, as well as her daughter Lisa Wall and her husband Randy; her grandchildren Jeffrey and Nicole Fastow and Ashley Wall.
Ann was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 7, 1925. She grew up in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city. She attended Simon-Gratz High school and graduated in 1942 in the midst of World War II. Ann greatly enjoyed playing tennis with her friends, and was an avid reader. She was an “A” student and had a secretarial focus in High School. She worked a number of years as the Secretary to the President of Emerson Radio in Philadelphia.
She met her husband Norman, on a blind date, and after a whirlwind romance, they were married in Philadelphia, and Ann moved to St. Louis to join Norman. Their two children, Ed and Lisa, were born in St. Louis. In 1960 the family moved back to Philadelphia to reunite with their extended family and Norman was able to transfer to WCAU Radio, a CBS owned radio station. Ann and Norman were married for 40 years.
For 27 years they lived in Philadelphia and King of Prussia, PA. During that time, Ann was very active in the Temple Israel Sisterhood, and could always be relied on to provide help when needed in any capacity. She was extremely involved in raising her children, and when they moved on to middle school, she accepted a position at the Caley Road Elementary School Cafeteria so she could continue to be involved with young children.
In 1987 after Ann and Norman both retired, they moved to Sarasota, Florida. They were amongst the early members of the Chabad of Sarasota Jewish Center where they participated in fund raising and working toward a permanent structure.
Ann moved to Houston in 1997 a few years after Norman’s death to be closer to her family. Ann was always extremely excited when her grandchildren came to visit her, so that she could be updated on all of their activities and accomplishments. She lived at the Medallion for 10 years and was an active participant in most activities including Bingo (her all time favorite) as well as blackjack, trivia, and challah baking. She was most excited to be the Purim Queen as well as the Prom Queen at the Medallion. The family appreciates the excellent care Ann received at the Medallion, and in her final days with Seasons Hospice and her care givers.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care.