DEATH NOTICE: Ann Elizabeth Germanson

Ann Elizabeth Germanson, 87, died April 22, at her home, ending a four-month battle with melanoma cancer.  Beloved wife of Kenneth and children, Laurie Stott, David Germanson and Joanne (David) Monyelle, all of Milwaukee, and Richard (Susan) of New York City, five grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.  A daughter, Jill Lozier, preceded her in death.

Ann was born Feb. 11, 1930, in Mason City, Iowa, and raised in Gordon (Douglas County) WI, where she graduated from high school.  She graduated in 1951 with a degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota, where she won Phi Beta Kappa honors.  After graduation, she worked as a reporter for the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald where met her husband.  They married June 19,1954.  After her husband’s naval service, the family moved to Milwaukee in 1957.

Ann was dedicated to her children and grandchildren and instilled in them all a sense of community, an understanding of all cultures, an appreciation for the environment and support for progressive causes.  A master of the English language, she was the family Scrabble champion and an accomplished crossword puzzle solver.

Services and cremation will be private.  A Celebration of Ann’s life for family and friends will be scheduled later.  Donations to the charity of your choice will be appreciated.

(Click here to read a diary in verse, entitled ‘Watching a Loved One Die: A Diary’ by Ann’s husband.)

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4 thoughts on “DEATH NOTICE: Ann Elizabeth Germanson

  1. Dearest Ken,
    Your magnificent tribute to your and our beloved Ann filled our hearts with love and loss. Your words gave us
    a beautiful memory to treasure and hold until we reunite in eternity. We await being with you and the family soon when we can hold each òf yòù. Love àñd God Bless, Elsbeth & Tom

  2. Thank you for writing the diary and letting us read it. It is a portrait of what marriage can be. I will remember the image of the white cap for a long time. It really seemed to embody your Ann. My best to you and your family.

  3. So sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. My condolences to Ken and the whole family in this time of grief.

  4. UNTITLED

    Spring and death arrived
    In tandem with the morning
    Song of the sparrow

    A Bloodroot flower
    Bloomed, wrapped in prayer, like sunset,
    Brief as life itself

    Death, slipped in silent
    Not fair, winning the last game
    Spring mocked the darkness

    One drink before rest
    One breath behind the curtain
    In the shadow, cried.

    OH! Frail vacancy
    But death cannot take her light
    She is everywhere.

    Joanne Monyelle
    5/01/2017

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