Anna Thayer

Anna Thayer, 88, of Eastford, Connecticut, formerly of Castleton Vermont, passed peacefully on Friday, April 23, 2021 at The Davis Place in Killingly, Connecticut, with her loving family by her side after a battle with dementia.

Anna was born May 16, 1932, in Hubbardton, Vermont. She was the daughter of Frank and Pauline Farkas. Anna met the love of her life Chester “Ted” Thayer on the school playground. They married September 8, 1951, in Bridport, Vermont. Together they celebrated 59 amazing years until Ted’s passing in 2011.

In her younger years, Anna worked at The Trak Inn in Bomoseen, Vermont, doing laundry. Throughout her life she lived in Hubbardton, Poultney, Fair Haven and Castleton, as well as Eastford, Connecticut.

Anna always had a smile on her face and loved everybody. Anyone who knew Anna well knew of her love for dolls. She would make an old doll new again from her finds at thrift stores and yard sales by knitting clothes for them and donating them to non-profits. She loved to knit, play cards, play bingo and enjoyed volunteering in the bingo kitchen at Castleton American Legion of which she was a Unit 50 Auxiliary member.

Anna’s greatest joy in life was her family. She is survived by her children: five daughters Bonita King (Steve) of North Carolina, Donna Spink (Peter), Anna Bryant and Mary Freeland all of Connecticut and Paula White (Herbert) of Massachusetts; two sons Frank Thayer (Beth) of Connecticut and John Thayer (Lisa) of Vermont; her sisters Betty Benson (Gus) of New York and Edna Lawrence of Connecticut; a brother Robert Farkas (Lola) of Vermont; 24 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

Anna was predeceased by an infant brother Frank, a son Chester Thayer 3rd, a daughter-in-law April Bourn Thayer, grandson Christopher Michael Thayer and sons-in-law George Freeland and Terry Bryant.

Viewing hours took place on Wednesday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Smith and Walker Funeral Home, 148 Grove St., Putnam, Connecticut. Graveside service followed at 1 p.m. at Grove Cemetery in Eastford, Connecticut.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tatum’s Totes, 175 W. Ridge Terrace, Rutland, VT 07501. Share a memory at