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Ann M. Nosek
On Dec. 20, 2019, at the miraculous age of 98, Ann M. Nosek (nee Wilkins) passed away in Ballwin, Mo. She is now at eternal peace with her husband Joseph and son Joseph Jr.
Ann is survived by three daughters and a son: Judith Brandt (James), JoAnn Johnson (Fred), Jacklyn McNichols (George) and John Nosek (Catherine). She has 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, a multitude of nieces and nephews and a network of friends from the east to west coasts.
Albert Wilkins and Mary Chisholm Wilkins welcomed Ann into the world on Jan. 11, 1921 in Evanston, Ill. She was the youngest of seven children. Her father was a proponent of higher education which lead Ann to Mundelein College in Chicago. She graduated with a degree in economics and then joined the Waves (Navy). While servicing her country as a lieutenant during World War II, Ann met Joseph. They were married on Sept. 18, 1944.
In 1946, Ann’s first child was born. Over the next eight years she was graced with four more children. While raising her family she decided to help others with their children through education. Ann went back to school to earn a teaching degree and then taught elementary school at St. Mary school in Riverside, Ill. After many happy years in the classroom, Ann was ready for her next adventure.
Ann and Joseph retired to Wildcat Lake in Boulder Junction in the early 1980s. During her retirement, Ann had the opportunity to travel the world. Her travel journals are legendary. When Ann was not globetrotting, she was a volunteer at Howard Young Medical Center in Minocqua, an active parishioner at St. Anne Catholic Church, a profound supporter of the Up North community and a patient caregiver.
Following Joseph’s passing in 2012, Ann resided at her children’s homes in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Minnesota and Missouri. While with her family, Ann had the opportunity to do some of her favorite things: sit at the kitchen table and have a heartfelt discussion, win at a game of cards, bask in the sun on the patio and watch DWTS. This time with her was a blessing that is cherished.
We were privileged to share our lives with Ann and we will carry her light and joy within us forever. She is greatly missed.