Obituary – Ann Stevens

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HARTINGTON — Ann Elizabeth Stevens, 91, Hartington, died June 26, 2014.

Visitation and a vigil service were July 1 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington, and will continue Wednesday, one hour prior to services at church.

Mass of Christian Burial will be July 2, at 10:30 a.m., at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating.

Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.

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 Oct. 12, 1922, in Wayne, 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-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 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, Bozeman, Mont.; Judy and Michael Berggren, Lincoln; Nancy and Michael Hochstein, Hartington; John Stevens, Broomfield, Colo.; Patrick and Jennifer Stevens, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters and spouses, Josephine and John Bressler, New York City, N.Y.; Frances Ahern, New York City, N.Y.; Joan and Clifford Dektar, North Hollywood, Calif.; sister-in-law, Norma Stevens; and several nieces and nephews of the Petsche, Stevens, Spratt and Dektar families.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Edward S. Stevens, Nov. 24, 1987, at the age of 80.