May 28, 2024

Tracey-Anne (Greene) Van Ahnen


Pawtucket, RI – Tracey-Anne (Greene) Van Ahnen, 66, formerly of Seekonk, passed away on Thursday, August 24, 2023, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, she was a daughter of Barbara Greene of Swansea, Massachusetts, and the late Arthur Greene.

From a young age, Tracey embodied the value of kindness (amongst other beautiful qualities). She thought about pursuing law after high school as she believed that everyone deserved a fair trial. Though her aspiration to become a lawyer was set aside, she worked various jobs throughout her young life, ranging from retail to the medical field. All of which prepared her for the most challenging position: serving on the Seekonk School Committee. 

Tracey served on the Seekonk School Committee for eight years in various roles while working full-time in customer service and caring for her three children. Her innate sense of compassion, kindness, and equality shined through as she fought for students’ education, access to learning accommodations, and for teachers as well. She then took part in the town's building committee where she assisted in overseeing the addition to the Seekonk Middle School.

Her position in customer service at Cherry and Webb led her to Mark-iT Market for several years and eventually Staples Corporate where she became a Systems Administrator. Tracey always maintained a high-level of professionalism, handling the most stressful situations rationally and with grace. She truly loved her job, almost as much as the friends she made along the way. 

Tracey also had a flair for party planning. It brought her so much joy to create menus, pick out decor, and bring her beautiful creations to life for work events, parties, holidays, and weddings.

Her other hobbies included reading, horseback riding, recreational gardening, and shopping for thoughtful gifts year-round. She truly enjoyed gifting others and paying it forward when she could.

Tracey was a wonderful mom. She was supportive, patient, loving, and kind. Even through the most difficult seasons of life, she made sure her children's lives were filled with love and laughter. Her indomitable spirit will forever be missed.

Besides her loving mother, Tracey leaves her son, Timothy Van Ahnen and his wife, Kathryn Bloomquist of Milford; two daughters, Taylor Van Ahnen of Swansea, and Victoria McCready and her husband, Kevin, of New Rochelle, NY; two grandchildren, Nathan Van Ahnen, and Shaymus McCready; a sister, Kathlene Verville and her husband, Claude, of Swansea; an uncle Ira Sheldon of Walcott, CT; cousins, Pamela Howe and her husband, Dave, of Plantsville, CT, and Bo Sheldon and his wife, Val, of Walcott, Ct; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mark Greene.

Services for Tracey will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 10:00 A.M. at Christ Church, 57 Main St., Swansea, MA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to MetroWest Humane Society would be appreciated. Arrangements are entrusted to William W. Tripp Funeral Home, Pawtucket, RI. 

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