ANNE BERTRAM ENDLER
SEPTEMBER 5, 1954 – JANUARY 2, 2022
After a quiet, valiant fight with cancer, Anne Bertram Endler, 67, passed away at her home in Garrison early on the morning of January 2, 2022 with her husband, Peter, by her side.
Anne grew up with her two sisters, three brothers, and cousin in Coconut Grove, Florida, attending Gulliver Academy and then high school at Everglades School for Girls. She loved music, and was an accomplished member of her high school’s Glee Club as well as a popular singer in local cafes during her high school and college years. Having travelled extensively with her family, including summers on Martha’s Vineyard, Anne attended Pine Manor College, and graduated from Boston University, where she and her husband met. Smitten at first sight, Peter repeatedly asked Anne for a date, and was repeatedly denied. Undeterred, he asked one last time to which Anne finally responded, “yes.” She made him the luckiest man alive for the next 43 years.
Even more beautiful inside than she was outside, Anne engaged in all pursuits with a brilliant smile, a self-effacing demeanor, tremendous intelligence, an elegant grace, and a kind, caring generosity which put everyone else’s feelings and well-being ahead of her own. She honed her considerable interior design skills while enjoying working with her mother, Pauline Bertram. Upon her mother’s passing, Anne carried on her decorating firm, P.B. Interiors, completing several more projects in Garrison and New York City. In addition, her own house afforded a seemingly never ending decorative canvas. She also enjoyed working with her mother-in-law, Myra Endler, in a wide range of creative endeavors.
Anne was proud to be a long-time member and past President of the Philipstown Garden Club, where she expanded her knowledge of, and appreciation for sound environmental practices, gardening, and the art of flower arranging while reveling in the Club’s sense of community. She had high regard for the Club’s mission, but it was the many meaningful friendships she was so fortunate to make through her membership in addition to those which endured since childhood which immeasurably enriched her life, and for which she was most grateful.
A lover of animals, Anne could not bear their mistreatment or discomfort. Appreciative of all organizations which sought to care for the homeless or neglected, she adopted three cats from Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, and wished she could have adopted all of them. Each of these new family members has brought great joy, staying very close to her bed during her final days. Anne’s many “pawed pals” over the years benefited mightily from her attentions, but not nearly as much as she did from theirs.
In addition to her husband, Peter, Anne is survived by her sisters Madelaine (Greg Osborne) of Denver, Colorado, and Caroline Bertram of North Palm Beach, Florida; her brothers Digby Bertram of Winter Park, Florida and Morgan Bertram of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; her cousin, Elizabeth Bartram of Palm Beach, Florida; Mother-in-Law, Myra Endler of Garrison, New York; Sister-in-Law Julie (Paul Heckert) of Garrison, New York; Nieces Lily Osborne of Denver and Eva Bertram of Palm Beach Gardens; and Nephews Hudson and Henry Heckert of Garrison and Cameron Bertram of Palm Beach Gardens. Anne was predeceased by her parents, Pauline and Richard Bertram, her brother, Colin Bertram, and her father-in-law, James Endler.
In lieu of flowers, Anne would be honored by any contribution to an organization such as Mid –Hudson Animal Aid (midhudsonanimalaid.org) promoting the comfort, care, and safety of animals in need.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Clinton Funeral Home-Cold Spring