May 16, 1951 ~ February 8, 2000

Born in: Canton, OH,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Anne Viront Lazar, 48, of 25 Kalmia Drive, Asheville, died Tuesday, February 8, 2000, at her home.

Mrs. Lazar was born in Canton, OH, received her B.A. degree in Natural Sciences from Case Western Reserve University, and attended graduate school in Cartography at Syracuse University. She and her husband were former residents of Raleigh where she worked with the NC Department of Environmental Resources and Community Development as a cartographer mapping the mineral resources of North Carolina.

In 1979 they moved to Asheville and she began her career with the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (National Environmental Satellite Data Information System) and National Climatic Data Center as a computer Data Base Management Specialist. In 1997-1998 she was loaned to the US Department of Agriculture Water and Science Center, Portland, OR, as a consultant for climatic metadata, where she developed databases for snow monitoring systems in the high altitude regions of the Western US.

In commemoration of her twentieth anniversary with the National Climatic Data Center she received a commendation recognizing her as the “foremost government authority on weather station information management”, citing her “sustained outstanding contributions in the field of climatic metadata”. The citation continued: “Her efforts contributed significantly to the National Climatic Data Center’s ability to interpret historical data for global climatic monitoring. No individual has ever helped so many people, so much, in the field of observing station history, documentation, and research.”

In addition, Anne was a member of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where she was active in music ministry, especially the choirs, the Liturgical Commission, as a lay speaker, and many other aspects of church education and liturgical events.

Above all, she was a loving wife and devoted mother, and is survived by her husband, Daniel P. Lazar; two sons, Michael S. Lazar and Zachary A. Lazar, both of the home; her parents, Karl L. and Margaret Pintur Viront of Canton, OH; and two brothers, James K. Viront and Michael J . Viront, both of Canton,OH.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend John M. Pagel at 1:00 pm Friday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Interment will be at Lewis Memorial Park.

Mrs. Lazar will remain at Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue until being taken to the church Thursday evening where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm, after which her family will receive friends.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Area Hospice, PO Box 16, Asheville, NC 28802, or to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 919 Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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  1. Remembering you, Anne, reminds me that I have been privileged and blessed to have known you. We began by sharing gradeschool classes, playground handball, and iceslides. High school memories, picnics, and horseriding adventures from so long ago are pictured in treasured albums. As we grew older with college, spouses, jobs, and families, our time spent together was rare. Thank you Dan and Anne for visiting us and graciously inviting us to your home. Thank you Anne and Dan for showing me how great a family can be. Thank you Anne for naming me Mike’s Godmother for his baptism. My daughter is named after you. Her name will always remind me of all the things that made you, joyfully you. The goodness that you gave to me will be my gift to others. This is one way that your spirit, at peace in Christ, lives on. I also believe that your spirit, will be a presence in our lives, we who were left behind.
    A Friend always,

  2. God looked around His garden and found an empty place,
    He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
    He put His arms around you, and lifted you to rest,
    God’s garden must be beautiful; He only takes the best.
    God saw that you were getting tired and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered, ‘Come home with me.’
    With tearful eyes we watched you suffer, and saw you fade away,
    Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
    A golden heart stopped beating, a determined spirit was at rest.
    God broke our hearts to prove to us,
    He only takes the best.’

  3. Dear Friends,

    What a lovely woman Anne was, and how much I admired and enjoyed her. During her illness, I was nursing my father, who had terminal cancer…he passed away January 2, 2000, and then I needed to take care of my mother and a new-born grandchild. I’m so grateful for this oportunity to add to what must be a long and continuing memorial of loving words and blessings in memory of Anne Lazar.

    My son, Noah, joined the Air Force in the summer of 2000, and has been studying meteorology for the last twenty weeks at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS. He will graduate March 7th, and return home for three weeks before being sent to Germany for 24 months to continue with his training. I showed Anne’s obituary to him last year before he ever went into the military,and he was very impressed with her professional accomplishments. After he had studied a few months, I showed it to him again. He was then, profoundly impressed. It is my hope and prayer that Noah can be as dedicated to his work, family, church and community as Anne. I loved her music, her Day-of-Prayer reflections, her humor, her contagious energy,devotion to her task at hand, love of family and that gorgeous smile. What a tremendous loss to you all…but how fortunate you were to have known her so well, and to have been loved by such a focused, purposeful woman. Intentional living, when one’s priorities are so honorable is a beautiful thing to witness. Anne’s example will not be forgotten.

    Years ago, I came upon some songs on an album by Anne Trufant which I wanted to share with your Anne, thinking that she may enjoy listening, sharing, playing and perhaps seeing if Mrs, Trufant could use her musical skills on another album. The Trufants run the two Catholic Summer Camps in Brevard…I never gave the songs to Anne, and I’m sorry about that. I will send you the CD and print out the ones which were most impressed upon me to share with her. I am learning, through omissions such as this, that my procrastinating isn’t a trait that enriches my life or anyone else’s. It is a bad habit I seek, with God’s help, to change.When you receive the CD, you can say ‘Go Girl!’ and pray I can keep up the high hopes of licking this ‘putting things off’ that I know in my heart I’m supposed to do.

    Please know that my prayers have been and continue to be with you all and that I will honor Anne’s memory in my heart always.

    Lovingly Yours in Christ

    Barbara Vaughan

  4. Dear Dan, Mike and Zachary,
    Please accept our sympathy and prayers for your dear wife and Mom. We think of you often and hope you are doing well. We sure miss Ann’s musical talent and the many talks we had at St. Joan. She was a good friend and we’ll miss her. God bless you all.
    The Yoham family

  5. Dear Dan, Mike and Zachary,
    Please accept our sympathy and prayers for your dear wife and Mom. We think of you often and hope you are doing well. We sure miss Ann’s musical talent and the many talks we had at St. Joan. She was a good friend and we’ll miss her. God bless you all.
    The Yoham family


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