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.)