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2011-06-15 / Obituaries

Anne Patterson Cochrane, WWII veteran


Cochrane Cochrane Anne Patterson Cochrane, 89, of Buffalo, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at her home.

Born Anne Patterson in Lockport, she grew up in the Van Horn Mansion in Burt and graduated from Lockport High School.

In 1943, Mrs. Cochrane graduated from Cornell University with a degree in English.

The following year, she enlisted in the Navy’s WAVES program as a medical technician and pharmacist’s mate during World War II. She worked with returning Marine amputees at the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. She once accompanied a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient to Washington, D.C., to meet President Harry Truman.

For almost 20 years, Mrs. Cochrane volunteered as the manager of the Women & Children’s Hospital gift shop. She delivered Meals on Wheels to housebound individuals until she was 80 years old.

Last year, she was selected for an Honor Flight, which sends World War II veterans to Washington to see the World War II Memorial.

She is survived by three sons, Douglas W., Timothy S. and William J.; and two daughters, Carolyn Cochrane Yegen and Pattie Cochrane Surwill.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William.

Services were held Thursday, June 9, in St. John’s-Grace Episcopal Church.

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