Anne Lombard passed away Tuesday morning at her home in Fremont Place, just four days shy of her 91st birthday. Anne, the mother of Larchmont Buzz co-publisher Patty Lombard, relocated to Fremont Place with her husband Rocci more than five years ago, to live with her family. She was a longtime resident of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but also a frequent visitor to Los Angeles, visiting her grandchildren over the years. In L.A., Lombard joined the Ebell of Los Angeles, where she enjoyed baking cookies for dinners delivered by Ebell members to residents of Alexandria House. She was also a member St. Brendan’s Church, and regularly received communion from church volunteers.
Anne Lombard was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania June 15, 1928. She attended Indiana University, in Indiana, PA, where she earned a degree in Home Economics. She married Rocci Lombard, of Sharpsville, PA, on December 26, 1951. They moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1960, becoming active in the local business community and ultimately owners of the Ross, Lombard and Ballard Insurance Agency. Anne was also a Home Economics teacher at Northeast High School for twenty-five years. During that time, she pioneered a life skills class for students called “Marriage and Family Living,” making her one of the most well known teachers on campus.
After retiring from teaching, Lombard started another career as a community activist, planting trees and chairing the city’s first Community Appearance Board, and a new profession as a real estate broker. She also worked alongside her husband Rocci, running their property and casualty insurance agency. Anne loved people and she loved matching them up with the right house. She was proud to say she earned her last commission check at the age of 80!
It was bittersweet for Anne to leave her well-established home in Fort Lauderdale, but she was happy to be absorbed into family and neighborhood life in Los Angeles. She was thrilled that her new home and garden, designed by her daughter Joanna, a practicing architect in Miami, and local architect Gunther Motz, along with garden designer Judy Horton, was featured in the Los Angeles Times. She was very proud of her six grandchildren and never hesitated to note their uniqueness. And until recently, when health issues kept her from participating fully, she was always up for going on an adventure.
Anne will be missed by her husband Rocci, son John Lombard and Claudia Lombard, daughter Joanna Lombard and Denis Hector, and daughter Patty Lombard and Bill Simon…along with her grandchildren, Dorothy Anne and William Hector, Joseph and Mathew Lombard, Emily and Alexandra Simon. She is also survived by her sister, Josephine Bartley, brother Sandy Petruso, and four nieces and two nephews. She was predeceased in death by her sisters Rosemarie Petruso and Vincena Malec.
In lieu of flowers, Anne would love support for the work of Alexandria House, a transitional shelter for women and children. A memorial will be planned later in the summer.