Anna (Ann) Virostek Clyne

April 18, 2023

CHARLOTTE – Anna (Ann) Virostek Clyne went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 after a prolonged illness.  She was born on September 30, 1934 in Irvington, NJ. 

Ann graduated from Newark State Teachers College in Newark, NJ and then earned her Master’s degree in Education from Seton Hall University in NJ.  She briefly stayed home to raise her four children and later worked in elementary education in New Jersey and in Greensboro, NC.  She taught for over twenty-five years in the public school system before retiring.

Ann met her spouse, Bernard Clyne, in 1962, and they married in 1963, and went on to enjoy sixty years of marriage and the blessing of four children.  During these years of raising children and teaching in elementary school, Ann was known for her enormous heart.  She never put herself first and always looked for ways to serve and care for others.  Ann was also known for her musical abilities playing the piano and singing.  In keeping with her servant heart, she used these gifts in her church and community to serve and bless others.  She co-founded the SPRED (Special Religious Education) program at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Greensboro, serving children with special needs. She loved these children as her own, continuing this work even as her illness began.

Ann and Bernie also enjoyed the blessing of seven grandchildren ranging in age from 9 to 28. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy, and she tirelessly pampered and cared for them at every opportunity.

In her final months, Ann blessed everyone in her new community where she lived in Charlotte with her husband, Bernie and near three of their children and five grandchildren.  She will be remembered by all as the woman with a beautiful smile and kindest heart.

Ann’s entire life was marked by her strong faith and being a prayer warrior for others.  She participated in numerous bible studies and was always active in her church community.  During the late stages of her illness, she took comfort in the hope of heaven and being able to meet Jesus face to face.  Her kindness will live on in the people she impacted every day – both family and friends.

Ann is survived by her husband, Bernard Clyne; children, John Patrick Clyne and his wife, Andrea, Lynda Anne Clyne, Anne Marie Rogers and her husband, Derek and Stephen Bernard Clyne and his wife, Brittany Clyne; her seven grandchildren, Margot and Michaela Clyne, Emerson, Aiden and Noah Rogers, and Camryn and Hannah Clyne.  She was predeceased by her parents, Anna Grutka Virostek and John Virostek; sisters, Irene Virostek Rothfuss and Bernadine Virostek Krause.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, May 5, 2023, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 3016 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  The service will livestreamed at: for those unable to attend in person.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Ann to her favorite ministry, Special Religious Education Program (SPRED), c/o St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2715 Horse Pen Creek Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204; (704) 641-7606. Online condolences may be shared at


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  • Regula Spottl

    I've known Ann for just a few years and missed so much of her vibrant life. To me, she was gentle, a good sport, and interested in any cultural event we visited together. The last time she really got into the rhythm was at a Beatles tribute concert at High Point University last year.
    I hope that Bernie's and the family's memories of Ann will reveal more of the wonderful person she was, while also easing their pain.
    Marty and I extend our deepest condolences.

  • Alice

    Lovingly called Ms.Ann by the staff at Merrywood , we will truly miss your smile and Big hugs! Love you Ms. Ann