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Anne Turner Coppola
(9-17-1938 to 6-27-2012)
Anne Turner Coppola was born in Redford, New York, one of seven children. She was ten years old when her father died. When she was twelve, her youngest brother died in an auto accident. Her mother went into severe depression and was hospitalized, and Anne was placed in a foster home in Plattsburgh, New York, where she attended D'Youville Academy, a Catholic school for girls. An academic honors student, she wrote a weekly article for the local newspaper and was valedictorian of her high school graduating class. Graduating with honors, she received several scholarships toward her college training to be a teacher. While in college, she met and married her air force husband in 1958. She received her teaching degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and her master's degree from Rutgers University. She taught elementary, middle, and high school students at various schools, as she and her husband made their journey south to Staten Island, New York; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; and finally, Sarasota, Florida. After her retirement from teaching, she served as president of her homeowner's association and as ombudsman for the State of Florida, inspecting nursing homes to ensure quality care for patients. After battling breast cancer for eight years, she died in 2012.
Anne Turner Coppola was the author of three books written for pre-teens and early teens. Following her death from breast cancer in 2012, her husband found three manuscripts she had written in 1993. Reviewing the stories, he believed they would have strong appeal to young readers, and decided to have them published. The stories, titled "Fly Away Free," "The Last Panther," and "The Ghost of the Dunes." are all available at xlibris.com, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.