WELLS – Anita Troegner never had an idle moment.

“She loved to work,” said her daughter, Anita Belanger. “She never sat down.”

The family often gave her a hard time for working so much, Belanger said. However, it was her extroverted nature and her love of people that made her customer service “impeccable,” her daughter admitted.

Mrs. Troegner died Saturday. She was 67.

From a family with 11 children, Mrs. Troegner left school in ninth grade to work and help with the family. She helped with farm chores and worked at a supermarket, which was where she met her former husband Joseph W. Troegner, her daughter said.

She was always a hard worker. Whether it was for her former husband’s businesses — Joe’s Texaco Gas Station in New Jersey, Joe Troegner’s Service Station on Route 111 in Biddeford and later Joe Troegner Auto Service on Route 1 in Biddeford — or her years at Ocean National Bank of Kennebunk and most recently as tax collector for Kennebunkport, she taught herself whatever it was she needed to know for the job.

“She’d grab anything work would offer as far as classes or seminars. Anything,” Belanger said.

“She’d jump all over it. She would study things that she needed to know for work. She’d study it until she couldn’t study it anymore, just so she knew it,” her daughter said.

Her son, Joseph L. Troegner, said he and his mother were very similar that way.

“We work and we just don’t know how to stop,” he said. “We had a special bond because we were always so busy.”

Despite her dedication to working, Mrs. Troegner found time to enjoy shopping. Her daughter said she had a keen eye for design, whether she was putting together an outfit or decorating her home.

When she spent time with her granddaughters, her son said the highlight of their time together was pampering with manicures and pedicures.

“They loved having their nails done,” he said.

Mrs. Troegner also found time to give back to the community.

“If someone asked her to volunteer,” she did not hesitate, her daughter said.

Last year, she participated in “Dancing With Our Stars,” a fundraising event for the Louis T. Graves Memorial Library in Kennebunkport, she said.

“That was a big deal for her,” her daughter remembered.

As her health declined in the past four months, Mrs. Troegner moved in with her daughter’s family. Her daughter said their relationship became even closer during that time.

Each weekend they had family gatherings, usually at her daughter’s house.

“We wanted to have more of that quality time with her,” her daughter said. “She was such a worker it was hard to catch her. We made up for a lot of lost time in a very short time.”

 

Staff Writer Emma Bouthillette can be contacted at 791-6325 or at: [email protected]