Ann Stookey, 60, former resident of Chestnut Hill

Ann Stookey
Ann Stookey
Posted: November 09, 2012

Ann Stookey, 60, formerly of Chestnut Hill, an accomplished choral singer and floral designer, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Paris after a brain hemorrhage suffered while vacationing with her husband, retired Comcast Corp. executive Joe Waz.

Waz said the illness was "right out of the blue." The couple were traveling with friends through Turkey, Greece, Croatia, Italy, and France.

On Oct. 25, Ms. Stookey was not feeling well during a walking tour of cinematic history sites and returned to their hotel for rest. Waz found her stricken there.

The couple lived in Chestnut Hill for years. After Waz retired from Comcast in 2011, they relocated to Los Angeles to be near their son, Jack.

"We were getting into a lovely day-to-day lifestyle in California and seeing our son more," Waz said. They had a 10-year plan to see the world, which they had just started.

In Philadelphia, Ms. Stookey sang in the choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill and hosted an annual party for the 45-member group.

Last October, Ms. Stookey traveled to Philadelphia for a recording session with the St. Paul's choir and the Crossing, a professional chamber choir. Zach Hemenway, music director at St. Paul's, said she was "a real class act" and "she always knew her music."

When they traveled, Waz said, his wife sought ought small shops that sold clothing or jewelry that matched her sensibilities and style.

In addition to her husband and son, Ms. Stookey is survived by her mother, Martha Ann Stookey, and two brothers.

A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 2 E. Chestnut Hill Ave.


Contact Bob Fernandez at 215-854-5897 or bob.fernandez@phillynews.com.

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