2004-09-16 / Top Stories

Mourn Passing Of Conklin Ave Resident Who Lived In Same House 93 Years

By Charles Rogers

“Aunt Anna” Kammerdener
“Aunt Anna” Kammerdener Sadly, friends, family and acquaintances mourned the passing of Anna Marie Elizabeth Kammerdener, who passed away quietly last week after a short illness. She was 96 years old when she died — and lived 93 of those years in the same house on Conklin Avenue near East 92 Street.

“Everyone called her Aunt Anna,” according to her real niece, Carole Browne, who still lives in that big white house where Anna lived for such a long time.

“People would pass by and see her sweeping her walk and cleaning up the yard, even up to a couple of weeks ago,” said Browne. “She loved to take care of her yard and could even be seen mowing her own lawn well into her 80s.”

Mrs. Kammerdener lived in this fine old homestead on Conklin Avenue since she was three years old.  Charles RogersMrs. Kammerdener lived in this fine old homestead on Conklin Avenue since she was three years old. Charles Rogers Indeed, day after day, passersby would see Anna in her yard, “tinkering” with the fence or pruning the flowers that grew around the sides and back of the century-old house. She would make sure she gave and returned greetings by every person who passed by.

“I guess she was known best for her caring nature,” said Browne. “She had a lot of stories to tell about this community, that’s for sure.” She said Anna loved to talk about the “olden days” when there weren’t even any paved streets or sidewalks in Canarsie

Anna worked for the telephone company for 50 years before retiring, Browne said, noting that she started working at the age of 14 so she could help support her four brothers and her father after her mother passed away. She was also a member of Canarsie’s American Legion Post 573 Ladies Auxiliary for more than 40 years.

Anna Kammerdener was a member of the congregation of St. Alban’s Church. She was buried last week at Canarsie Cemetery.

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