In Loving Memory of Annie Raynor

February 05, 1945
Bridgeport, CT
June 29, 2020
Oxford, CT
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Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


St. James Church

Memorial Mass

Private Service


Family Gathering


Yale Children’s Diabetes Program

1 Long Wharf Drive,
Suite 503,
New Haven CT 06511

Anne Raynor

Anne (Annie) Molloy Raynor, age 75, formerly of Bridgeport and Stratford, CT passed away Monday, June 29, after a courageous battle with cancer. Anne was born February 5, 1945 in Bridgeport. She was a respected educator, teaching for many years in Stratford and Bridgeport Public Schools. Predeceased by her husband Don Mulhearn in 1980, the couple had a daughter, Nora, that same year. Anne remarried Edward James Raynor III on February 9, 1991. They were happily married for 29 years. Anne was an avid reader and attended book club with a special group of friends. She loved shopping in Milford and had been known to visit a casino on occasion. She loved spending time with family and friends… but most of all loved being Nanny to her grandchildren. Annie shared her faith with others by passing out St Jude cards to everyone she met and by keeping baby Jesus safe at Christmas time. ? Preceded in death by her parents Edward and Honora Molloy, Anne, the second youngest of six siblings, is survived by: Kay Dolyak, Mary Molloy, Dr. Edward Molloy and sister-in-law Bonnie, Eleanore Chaloux and brother-in-law Robert and Jerry Molloy. Anne is also survived by her daughter Nora Mulhearn Baumgart, son-in-law Simon, grandchildren Liam, Grace and Colin; step-daughter Sarah Widlitz, son-in-law Eric, grandchildren Sydney and Addison, step-daughter Heather Busse, son-in-law Lawrence, grandchildren Lawrence Jr. and Nicholas and step-daughter Audra Carney (Mulhearn); Special lifelong friends Tere and Bill Newbauer; Brother-in-law Gerald T. Raynor. Anne is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, and cousins both in Connecticut and in Ireland. The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers of Yale/New Haven Hospital, Vitas Hospice and Acuity Homecare. A private funeral mass to celebrate Anne’s life will be held at St. James Church in Stratford. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Yale Children’s Diabetes Program, 1 Long Wharf Drive, Suite 503, New Haven, CT 06511. For information or to sign an online register, please visit

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18 Guestbook Entries for Anne Raynor

  1. Dear Ed and all family – Sincere sympathy to you all at the loss of such a beautiful person that was so present in your lives. We taught together and enjoyed fun times together, her spirit was an inspiration to all. Treasure all your lovely memories! They are very precious. You are in thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

  2. Special prayers for all of you. Annie was able to brighten up a room with her smile. She always made people feel welcomed. She was a superstar educator. May you all treasure the many memories that you made over these years. May she be at peace.

  3. What a lovely person Anne was. She will be remembered always for her many talents and cheerful personality by her students and fellow teachers!

  4. Dear Raynor Family,
    I offer my deepest sympathy for your loss. Anne was my first grade teacher. I started her class in the middle of the year and she made me feel welcomed, loved, and understood. I remember she gave me a stuffed unicorn for an end of the year gift that I still have (and I am now 38). She was one of the kindest, most sincere, loving, genuine, and creative teachers I ever had. She had a tremendous impact on me and I will always remember her. She will be missed greatly. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

  5. Dear Molly & Raynor Families,
    Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your Anne. She really was one of the nicest people I’ve known. I met her at St. Peter’s school in 5th grade. She sat in the seat behind me. We spent many minutes talking under our breath, so that the nun wouldn’t hear us! And, of course, she always caught us. Please know that she always brightened up the lives of those around her. I am truly sorry for your loss.

  6. Ed and family please receive our sincere condolences on Ann’s passing. We were lucky to have you and Ann for so many years as neighbors. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Please accept my condolences on the passing of your wife.
    May God give you strength through the difficult days ahead.

  8. Ed and family, sorry to hear about Anne’s passing. Please take solace in knowing that she is in a better place and free from pain.

  9. RIP Mrs. Raynor it is so sad to hear of your passing.You were a wonderful, kind and loving teacher to students at Eli Whitney when my kids were there.Heaven has gained another angel.

  10. Dear Ed, Nora and all who loved Anne, I am so very sorry for your loss. Anne was a wonderful neighbor, who became such a great friend. She and I had a special bond, both being widows with young children. She took my hand and never let go. Our trip to Italy will always be a fond memory and her recipe for Nana’s Mushy Chicken will always be a favorite of mine. I will miss Anne, but will always remember her with love. With sympathy and love, Liz

  11. Dear Ed, Nora and all who loved Anne, I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. Anne was my neighbor, who became a wonderful friend. She and I shared a special bond, both being widows at a young age and having very young children. Anne held my hand and never let go. Our trip to Italy will be a fond memory of the fun Anne brought with her. Anne’s recipe for Nana’s Mushy Chicken will always be a favorite of mine. I will miss Anne, but will remember her always with love. With sympathy and love, Liz

  12. All our thoughts and prayers are with all the Molloy and Raynor families as we thank God for letting Anne be a part of all our lives. While she will be sorely missed, she will be even more greatly remembered for all she has done. Love, Strength and Peace to you all.

  13. Dear Ed, Nora and family,
    The world has lost a very special person. Anne was a “spark plug” who put energy into a room, a conversation, a meeting or into a friendship. She was a caring and an inspirational teacher, a funny lady who could easily put a smile on one’s face and a compassionate listener who always made one feel special. She was a caring and loving mother to Nora, who I heard so much about through the years, a wonderful wife to Ed, a special sister, grandmother, step mother, cousin, aunt and friend to so many. May you all find some peace in the days, weeks and months ahead. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. She will be sorely missed.

  14. I am so sorry to hear of Ann”s passing. She was a wonderful person and a fantastic teacher.
    She will always be in our hearts. My sincere sympathy

  15. Anne and I taught first grade together at the former Honeyspot House in Stratford. We worked well together. Anne was always there to lend a helping hand. She encouraged me to further my studies at Sacred Heart University for which I was so grateful. Anne brought sunshine and great fun to our school. Rest In Peace, my friend.

  16. We are saddened to learn of Anne’s passing, but are grateful for the wonderful foundations she laid for two of our children as their kindergarten teacher! (Katherine, Daniel) Peace to your family during this time of sorrow.
    Cheryl and Dan Halchak, Jr.