Ana Lauren Dooley, 15, of Eddyville, NY was a musician, artist, writer and dedicated student. After five years of fierce determination in the face of a relentless cancer, Ana passed away on March 22, 2017. Ana expressed a love of music and an astonishing ability to sing from a very early age and started singing lessons at six years old. She attended High Meadow School in Stone Ridge from first through eighth grades, where her love of learning and incessant curiosity about everything from science to history to philosophy were cultivated and nurtured. She attended Woodstock Day School in 9th and 10th grades, a place that embraced her and allowed her to flourish as both a student and the emerging young woman she was becoming.
Ana was an accomplished musician and performer who started playing guitar at the age of 11 and performed in numerous shows both independently and with the Paul Green Rock Academy. In 2016, with best friend Marissa Gaylin by her side, she produced and performed in a show that raised $1000 for Hudson Valley’s Make-A-Wish chapter, her way of saying thank you for the wish they granted her in 2013.
Ana adored animals. Her first career dream was to be a vet or work at a shelter. She was a “frog whisperer” who loved to catch and release frogs at Willow Kiln Park in Rosendale, NY and anywhere else frogs tend to linger. She liked to explore forest trails throughout the Hudson Valley, taking pictures of whatever caught her fancy, particularly the sky. Ana adored her cats Pepper and Luna, but had a special place in her heart for her dog, Roo.
In the last year of her life, Ana cultivated a love of crystals and stones. She was fascinated with divination and magic. Her bedroom was her haven where she surrounded herself with positive energy in the form of candles, crystals, and the music she loved: The Smiths, Led Zeppelin, Prince, The Doors, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath.
Ana is survived by her parents, Jacqueline and James Dooley, her sister, Emily Rose Dooley, her maternal grandparents, Judy and Aaron Krongard, her paternal grandmother, Janne Dooley, her aunts, Amy Dooley Mosbacher and Lisa Krongard Levitan and cousins, Chloe and Layla Mosbacher and Nicole, Michelle, and Joseph Lomuscio.
Ana’s memorial will be held at Woodstock Day School at 1430 Glasco Turnpike, Saugerties, NY 12477 on May 21st, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. A wish fund was created during Ana’s life to help pay for experiences and memories that she shared with her sister, Emily. One of her last requests was that any money remaining in the wish fund after she die go towards Emily’s college education. As such, the family requests donations to Ana’s Wish Fund in lieu of memorial gifts or flowers.
Ana’s obituary appeared in the print edition of the Bluestone Press on 5/19/17.