Anna Lee Fuchs, 79, of Westport, Conn., died Sunday, March 8, at home.
Born Jan. 9, 1936, in O’Fallon to Alma Fries Hesse and Henry M. Hesse, longtime mayor of O’Fallon, she graduated from MacMurray College in 1954. In 1955, she married illustrator Bernard Fuchs, her high school sweetheart. They lived in Detroit before moving to Westport in 1960.
Bernie Fuchs, whose influential work ranged from presidential portraits to classic racing cars, died Sept. 17, 2009. He was 76.
Anna Lee managed her husband’s illustration business and later, his career as a gallery and children’s book artist. She worked for many years at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, organizing and cataloging their annual show.
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She took great pleasure in donating artwork to many causes and institutions, including, most recently, two paintings to the Westport Schools’ Permanent Art Collection.
She loved playing tennis, going to the beach, traveling and spending time with friends and family. As a lifelong Frank Sinatra fan, she attended more than 20 of his concerts.
She was an enthusiastic photographer and meticulous archivist of her husband’s work and of their travels together, especially images from their favorite place, Italy.
She is survived by her children, Cynthia Fuchs of Washington, D.C., Derek Fuchs of Casselberry, Fla., and Ellise Fuchs of Torino, Italy; and her granddaughters, Zazie Piva, Esme Piva and Bailey Fuchs.
A private family commemoration was held Tuesday, March 10. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society.