A private Mass of Christian Burial was Nov. 14 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill for Ann M. Loehr, age 95, of Melrose, who passed away Nov. 11, 2020, at the Pine Villa Nursing Home in Melrose. The Rev. Vince Lieser officiated, assisted by Deacon Charles Loehr. Burial was in St. Michael’s Parish Cemetery in Spring Hill.

Ann was born Dec. 27, 1924, to Hubert and Katherine (Schoenberg) Athmann in Spring Hill. She was the third of 10 children. Ann was raised on the family farm in Spring Hill and attended country school until eighth grade. When Ann was 12 years old, her father passed away, prompting the family to move from the family farm into Spring Hill. She met Art Loehr, a schoolmate of hers, at the Spring Hill Ballroom. They were united in marriage Sept. 6, 1943, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill. Art and Ann loved to dance, especially to the Rangers Waltz, which extended to their 60th wedding anniversary. Together, they moved to Art’s family dairy farm, working hard to raise hogs, chickens, milking cows and tending to her massive garden. Ann enjoyed canning vegetables, making homemade noodles and baking bread and cookies. She also sold strawberries, raspberries, eggs and pickles. In 1979, they built their home at the edge of the farm, at which point Art retired from farming. Ann went on to work at Kraft Foods and later H.E.I. in Sauk Centre, retiring at age 70. After her retirement, Ann kept busy by giving of her time and talents by volunteering at St. Michael’s Church, working potato pancake suppers, rummage sales and cleaning the church. She loved her church family. It was the hardest thing for her to leave her Spring Hill home and move to an assisted living facility in Melrose. She was a devout member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, the Christian Women, 500 and Solo Card Clubs and the Birthday Club.  

Ann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved to spend time with her family. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, fishing and camping. She was an excellent seamstress and crocheted countless doilies and scrubbies. Ann loved the Lord. She was a powerful prayer warrior. You were glad she was on your side. She attended daily mass, prayed the rosary and read her Bible. 

She is survived by her children, Chuck (Jean), Mary Thielen and Jane (Kent) Brown; 10 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; sister Hortense Walz; brothers Eldred, John, Norman (Marlene) and Vernon (Donna); and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 

Ann is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Art, of 67 years; sister LaVera (Michael) Schramel; three young brothers Leander, Joseph and Anthony; sons-in-law George Ritter and Paul Thielen; sisters-in-law Mary Ann Athmann and Kay Athmann; and brother-in-law Michael Walz. 

A special thank you to the staff of CentraCare–Melrose for their loving and compassionate care of Ann. A special thank you also to Dr. Kurt (aka: Father) for his love and support of Ann. You will always be in our prayers. 

A celebration of Ann’s life will be at a later date.

Please visit Ann’s obituary at www.danielfuneralhome.com for a livestream link of the funeral services. 

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