Anita C. Ormsbee, 91, of New Marlborough, died Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at home surrounded by her loving family. Anita was born in Salgesch, Switzerland on October 31, 1924, daughter of Robert and Leonie (Oggier) Cina. Anita came to the U.S. through Ellis Island in 1930 with her sister Agnes to be reunited with her parents who had come ahead. She graduated from high school and was a hairdresser in New York City. She was also a telephone operator in Indiana.
Anita was active in the family business throughout the years, driving buses, doing clerical work with her husband, John, and a hostess for the bed and breakfast where she had a natural warm and welcoming presence. She was a woman of true love and grace putting meticulous care in whatever she did. One of her pleasures was cooking for family and friends and no one walked away hungry.
Anita was a member of the United Church of New Marlborough for more than fifty years. There she arranged flowers in the church, was a member of the Ladies Aide and was a Sunday School teacher.
Anita’s husband, John Brewster Cleveland Ormsbee, whom she married on October 5, 1957, predeceased her on August 25, 2012.
Anita is survived by three sons, two from a previous marriage: Robert K. Miller and his wife Jennifer of New Marlborough, Daniel J. Miller and his wife Annalisa of Fairfield, Iowa, and John E. Ormsbee of New Marlborough; one daughter, Anita E. Cook and her husband George of New Marlborough; and ten grandchildren, Beth and husband Jordan, Katie, Jordon, Leanna, Lulu, Chaiden, Andrew and fiancée Beth, Eli, John Robert and Kara.
In addition to her husband, John B. Ormsbee, Anita is predeceased by her sister Agnes and her three children.
The family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff at Melbourne Place and a caregiver, Helen Johnston.
Funeral services for Anita C. Ormsbee who died December 1 will be held on Sunday, December 6, at 1:30 p.m., at the United Church of New Marlborough, in Southfield, officiated by Pastors Collins and Cheryl Lein. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Cemetery in New Marlborough. Family will receive friends on Saturday December 5th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME, 33 South St., Great Barrington MA 01230. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Anita’s memory may be made to the United Church of New Marlborough in care of BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME. Condolences may be made through birchesroyfuneralservices.com.