Antoinette (Ann) P. McCluskey-Obituary

It is with profound grief and sadness that the family of Antoinette (Ann) P. McCluskey announce her passing on August 25, 2018 in the comfort of her home in Mesquite with family present.

Ann was born on May 22, 1931 in Brooklyn, New York to Dominick and Teresa Panebianco.  She had wonderful memories of growing up in Brooklyn and was always proud of her Italian heritage.  Her family later moved to Fort Dix, New Jersey.  It was at Fort Dix where she met her future husband, James F. McCluskey, at a dance sponsored by the West Point Military Academy.  He swept her off her feet and they married on June 6, 1953 in Jobstown, New Jersey.  They were together for sixty years.

Ann and Jim started a family and were the parents of four children.  Joann M. McCluskey (deceased), James L. McCluskey (Marlene), Patrick M. McCluskey (Susan), and Teri Vreeke (Randy).  They were blessed with ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.  Their grandchildren visited them every summer for many years.  Those summers are now fond memories and have generated many wonderful family stories.  For several years they dedicated time to take one grandchild every year back to New Jersey and Virginia and New York so they would always know their family on the east coast.

As the wife of an army officer she entertained often and could stretch a budget like nobody else.  She was an elegant woman and a spectacular cook.  She made everything she did look easy.  She moved her family many times during her husband’s career, always making sure her children appreciated all the diverse cultures they had an opportunity to be a part of.  During these busy years she always found time to volunteer for the Red Cross and Boy Scouts and her church.

When Jim retired from the army he and Ann moved back to Utah.  Jim took a job with Morton Thiokol and they lived in Hyde Park, Utah.  When Jim retired for the final time they made the move to St. George, Utah and from there they moved to Mesquite, Nevada.  They loved living in Mesquite and spent countless hours volunteering for their church and community.

Ann is preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim, her daughter Joann, both of her parents, her brother Paul, brother–in-law Donald Atcheson, sister-in-law Janet Panebianco and her grandson Anthony Thompson.  She is survived by her two sons and daughter, nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, her brother Larry Panebianco (Marian), her sister Ann Atcheson, her sister-in-law Margaret Panebianco and many nieces and nephews who will miss their Aunt Toni.

The family would like to thank all those special people from Mesquite, Knights of Columbus, Mesquite Veterans Center, Caring Hands and Hospice who helped her family care for her.

Mom and Dad are now reunited. They will be interred at a later date in a private family service at West Point Military Academy.

 

 

Comments

  1. Bryan Kim Baird says:

    What a wonderful person Ann was. In the almost 20 years that I new Ann and the “Colonel” they were always kind, generous and thoughtful. RIP Ann!

  2. Debbie Panebianco says:

    Such a beautiful tribute to an incredible lady. Miss you Aunt Toni and Uncle Jim.

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