Anne E. (Vose) Thorstensen, an artist and longtime resident of Martha’s Vineyard and Falmouth, died peacefully on Sunday, April 29 at the Royal of Cotuit Nursing Home in Mashpee after an eight-month battle with breast cancer. She was 68.

Born April 6, 1950 at Tobey Hospital, Anne grew up in Falmouth and graduated from the Lawrence High School with honors. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.

A gifted artist, she attended Massachusetts College of Art, MIT and the Museum School of Boston. She learned pottery and ceramics from Harry Hall, an internationally recognized teacher and artist. She was gifted in several mediums, including photography and watercolor, and in later years her focus was on abstract acrylics.

She was a gentle, caring soul with a sweet if somewhat eccentric disposition. She is remembered by her many friends and family for her gifted artistry, her gentleness, and many small kindnesses.

Anne was preceded in death by her father, Louis A. Vose, a longtime local businessman, and her mother, Esther E. (Thorstensen) Vose, an art teacher at Lawrence High School. She is survived by her brothers, David A. Vose and his wife, Pam, of East Falmouth and Thomas C. Vose of Manning, S.C., and her sister, Zoe Karyn (Vose) Morsette of Long Island City, N.Y.. She also leaves a nephew, Colin D. Vose, and a niece, Jillian B. Vose, and numerous cousins. She was also predeceased by her sister in law Patricia Vose of Manning, S.C.

There are no immediate plans for a memorial service at this time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Falmouth Artist Guild Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 660, Falmouth, MA 02541.

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