Ann Elizabeth Stevens, age 91 of Hartington, Nebraska died on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will continue on Wednesday one hour prior to services at church.
Pallbearers will be Chris Berggren, Savio Camara, Ben Hochstein, Tyler Baker, Nathan Kalin, Mark Shaneyfelt, Michael Shaneyfelt, Edward Stevens, Henry Stevens, and Charles Stevens. Honorary pallbearers will be Ann's grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ann Elizabeth Stevens was born on October 12, 1922 in Wayne, Nebraska to John Francis and Nelle Augusta (Thorndike) Ahern. She grew up in Wayne, attended Wayne State College, and in 1943 completed her degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. After college, Ann worked for an insurance company in Nashville (boarding in the same house with Minnie Pearl, with whom she was friends) before her work moved her to Philadelphia. This was during World War II, and she always spoke fondly of the Red Cross volunteer work she did in Philly during those years. Ann then returned to Nebraska to become the Director of Cedar County's welfare office in Hartington. It was there that she met her husband, Edward Stevens, who was the Cedar County Clerk. They were married 35 years, until Ed's death in 1987 at the age of 80.
Ann was instrumental in growing the Girl Scout program in Eastern Nebraska. She took an active role with the Hartington Community Foundation, the Library Board, and the Holy Trinity Guild. A great lover of the outdoors and an avid gardener, Ann enjoyed picnics at Brooky Bottom and growing mounds of petunias and geraniums on her deck. An enthusiastic Bridge Club member and a die-hard reader of Architectural Digest, the New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal, Ann lived an internationally minded life from Hartington and loved to travel to New York and beyond with her siblings. Her house, as any visitor will attest, was always filled with classical music. She didn't like to miss the Metropolitan Opera broadcast on Saturday, and she could recognize a work on just a handful of bars.
Ann is survived by her five children and their spouses, Jane and Steven Shaneyfelt of Bozeman, Montana; Judy and Michael Berggren of Lincoln, NE; Nancy and Michael Hochstein of Hartington, NE; John Stevens of Broomfield, CO; Patrick and Jennifer Stevens of Colorado Springs, CO; 13 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three sisters and spouses: Josephine and John Bressler of New York, City, NY; Frances Ahern of New York City, NY; Joan and Clifford Dektar of North Hollywood, CA; sister-in-law Norma Stevens; several nieces and nephews of the Petsche, Stevens, Spratt, and Dektar families
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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. So many fond memories of the years of Girl Scouts, Day Camps and trips to Columbus!
Ken & Mary Thunker
My deepest sympathy to the family. Ann was a very classy lady. May God grant you peace.
So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I visited with her a few times when I was there in Hartington visiting my mom. I have many memories of her and all of the Girl Scout trips. I will keep your family in my prayers.
Rita Simpson ( Weddingfeld)
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