Anne Whelan Nakshian - Attleboro, Mass.

Anne Whelan Nakshian - Attleboro, Mass.

Anne Whelan Nakshian, 81, of Blackstone Road passed away Thursday evening, December 11, 2014, in her home surrounded by loving family. She was the wife of Jacob S. Nakshian for the past 59 years.

Born Dec. 24, 1932, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late William M. and Mildred L. (Love) Whelan. Anne grew up in the New York/Connecticut area and was a 1950 graduate of Staples High School in Westport, Conn. She later lived in Worcester for 10 years before moving to Attleboro in 1968.

She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1955 and later received her MSW from Simmons College. Anne was a licensed clinical social worker and worked at various hospitals and agencies throughout her long career before retiring in 2000. She also was a certified hypnotherapist and ended her career as a hypno-birthing practitioner.

Anne was a founding board member of Markman Children’s Programs in Attleboro and was also a longtime volunteer at the Literacy Center. She was an early proponent of the hospice movement and served as a hospice volunteer in retirement. Anne expressed her gratitude for hospice care these last weeks.

She was a wonderful gourmet cook and also enjoyed flowers and gardening. Anne had a lifelong interest in politics and was involved with the Attleboro Democratic City Committee and was active with the Democratic Party on a state level.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children and their spouses, Laura Ward and husband Bill of Barrington, R.I., William Nakshian and wife Rebecca Randall of Cumberland, R.I., and Elizabeth Nakshian of Lincoln, R.I.; a sister, Mary Whelan and partner Richard Bonin of Attleboro; and four grandchildren, Helen and Nathan Ward and Jacob and Rachel Nakshian. She was sister of the late Louise Spitzer. Anne is also survived by Louise’s husband, Jim Spitzer, and nephews, Jason and Aaron.

Memorial visitation was held on Friday, Dec. 19 in the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove Street, North Attleboro. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church in Attleboro.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Markmans Children’s Programs, 803 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 or to the Literacy Center, 80 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA 02703. To sign an online guestbook for Anne, please visit