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Anne Allmendinger, former Babylon Town councilwoman, dies

Anne M. Allmendinger, a former Babylon Town councilwoman,

Anne M. Allmendinger, a former Babylon Town councilwoman, died Feb. 12, 2014 of Alzheimer's disease at Uni Health Post Acute Care in Columbia, S.C. She was 84. Credit: Handout

Anne M. Allmendinger, a former Babylon Town councilwoman from a politically active family, died Feb. 12 of Alzheimer's disease at UniHealth Post-Acute Care in Columbia, S.C. She was 84.

Born in Tilburg in the Netherlands, Allmendinger was working as a nurse's aide at a hospital in France during the Korean War, when she met Raymond Allmendinger Sr., a U.S. soldier from Queens.

They married in France in 1956 and moved to Lindenhurst the following year.

Allmendinger became a homemaker, raising five children.

Her husband was Babylon Town supervisor from 1973 to 1982 and commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Labor from 1982 to 1986.

Her love of politics and her husband's involvement led Allmendinger, a Republican, to become a town councilwoman in 1984 until she retired in 1990.

"They were a big part of the town's history during the '70s and '80s," Rich Schaffer, Town of Babylon supervisor, said.

He said the couple helped create the Spangle Drive Senior Center in North Babylon, which eventually led to the creation of three other active senior centers: in North Amityville, Wyandanch and Copiague.

"Ray was the town supervisor, but Anne stood out on her own," Schaffer said. "She was a very strong woman."

After her husband died in 2002, she lived on her own until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about seven years ago. She moved to live with her son in South Carolina.

She is survived by her children, William of Chicago, Raymond Jr. of Las Vegas, Maureen Earle of Brightwaters, Randal of Fort Mill, S.C., and Brian of East Islip; sister, Wilhemia Paymans; and nine grandchildren.

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