, Salem, MA

March 20, 2014

Anna M. Cotter, 88

Franklin, MA — Anna M. (Brennan) Cotter, 88, of Franklin, died March 17, in the Benchmark Senior Living Center in Franklin. She was the wife of James Cotter.

Born in Peabody, May 6, 1925, the daughter of the late James and Dorothy (Noone) Brennan, Mrs. Cotter was raised in Peabody and had lived in Dedham, Medfield and Bellingham prior to moving to Franklin in 2012.

A home maker, Mrs. Cotter had worked for many years at the Dedham Adult Education Program. During World War II she was a volunteer for the Red Cross. She had been in the Auxiliary for the mentally ill in Medfield, the Medfield Garden Club, and the Medfield Bowling League.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Jim Cotter and his wife, Diane, of Franklin, Rich Cotter and his wife, Nancy, of Foxborough, JoAnn Robinson and her husband, Milo, of Charlottesville, Virginia, and David Cotter and his wife, Lori, of Millville. She is also survived by her sister, Marguerite Mahoney of Gilmanton, New Hampshire. She was the sister of the late John Brennan, Mary Chisholm Hanson and Billy Brennan.

She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday, March 22, from the Ginley Funeral Home of Franklin, (, 131 Main St., Franklin, at 9:15 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Franklin, at 10 a.m.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Lynn.

Calling hours will be on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.