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AYER — Anita M. (Martin) Cosner, 76, of Douglas Drive, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston after a lengthy illness.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Dennis V. Cosner; three daughters and two-sons-in-law, Shirley A. and Shawn Kraft of Ayer, Sharon and Nick Cavallaro and Sarah Rudolph, both of Bel Air, Md.; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Jacqueline Martin of Gardner; seven grandchildren, Michael, Ashley, Christopher, Jessica, John, Matthew and Lynn; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was born in Green River, New Brunswick, Canada on Jan. 27, 1934, one of 10 children born to Treffle’ and Sophie (Dupere) Martin and has resided in Ayer for nearly 40 years. She and her family resided in many cities throughout the United States as they moved with her husband, who was in the United States Air Force.

For 16 years, Mrs. Cosner worked at the Randolph and Baldwin Co. in Ayer.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Ayer. She enjoyed roller-skating, ice skating, dancing and spending time with her family.

Calling hours will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 26 at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, (Route 2A) Ayer. Please see for additional information.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27 at St. Mary’s Church, 31 Shirley Street, Ayer. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Development Office, fifth floor, 116 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116. Please make check payable to Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Please specify “Mesothelioma research” or donate on line at IMPMESO.ORG.

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