Dec. 15, 1936 - Sept. 1, 2013
MISHAWAKA - Ann L. Priebe, 76, of Mishawaka, passed away surrounded by her family Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, after a brave battle with leukemia.
Ann was born Dec. 15, l936, to Virgil and Virginia Reed, both of whom preceded her in death in 1968 and 1994, respectively. On May 3, 1973, Ann married Kenneth A. Priebe, who preceded her in death in 2012.
Ann was also preceded in death by her son, Reed J. Lantz in l970; and daughter Cynthia Lantz Priebe Cataldo in 2012.
Ann is survived by her son, Robert (Theresa) Priebe of Edwardsburg, Mich., and grandchildren Steven (Sarah) of South Bend and Kelly of Chicago; and son James (Chris) Priebe of Granger and grandchildren Alyssa of Dowagiac, Mich., and Kayzie and Jennifer, both of Granger. Also surviving are grandchildren Kelsey Cataldo of Mishawaka and Michael Cataldo of Osceola; a very special niece, Lori Schrad of Granger; great-nieces Nicole Schrad of California and Reed Schrad of North Carolina; nephews Douglas Blackburn of Virginia and Andrew Blackburn of Illinois; and a sister, Cynthia (Thomas) Blackburn of South Bend.
Ann was a graduate of Mishawaka High School. She was a lifetime member of the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary and also served as a precinct committeewoman for the St. Joseph County Republican Party, which was one of her very favorite things to do because she loved meeting people! She also enjoyed crocheting, doing origami, baking and spending time in Holland, Mich., the mountains of Waynesville, N.C., and on the island of St. Maarten.
Ann was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church on C.R. 6 in Elkhart.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, with a Celebration of Life Service immediately following at Trinity Lutheran School at C.R. 6 and Ash Road in Elkhart.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Ann's memory to the Cindy Cataldo Scholarship Fund For Underprivileged Children at Trinity Lutheran School in Elkhart, where Ann's daughter, Cindy, was a long-time teacher. Checks may be sent to Trinity Lutheran School, 30888 C.R. 6, Elkhart, IN 46514 or to the VFW National Home For Children, 3573 S. Waverly Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827.