Wick­izer , Anna Marie

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Ann Marie Wick­izer, a beau­ti­ful soul, remark­able wife, mother and grand­mother, died on June 29, 2020, age 71, of ovar­ian can­cer at the Cox South Hos­pi­tal in Spring­field, MO. Born July 25, 1948, in Chicago, IL, to Mary Kas­bahm and Ed Deady. She led an im­pact­ful life of ser­vice to oth­ers. She was a noted teacher in the parochial schools of Chicago, hav­ing been nom­i­nated for Chicago’s Golden Ap­ple award for dis­tin­guished ser­vice to her stu­dents.

Ann was a Summa cum laude grad­u­ate of DePaul Univer­sity with a triple ma­jor in ed­u­ca­tion, so­ci­ol­ogy, and his­tory. Her view was that ev­ery child had a right to learn re­gard­less of race or priv­i­lege. That be­lief car­ried her teach­ing ca­reer to both the ghet­tos of Chicago and Chicago’s wealth­ier north side. Al­though small in stature at 4’11½”, her stu­dents al­ways ad­mired her wis­dom and en­thu­si­asm never pro­vid­ing her with a se­ri­ous prob­lem.

On June 23, 1974, in Chicago, Ann mar­ried Fred Wick­izer, son of Wil­bur “Chick” Fran­cis Wick­izer and Cather­ine E. Moon. In 1976, she helped her hus­band in his union ac­tiv­i­ties. Rec­og­nized for her ef­forts, she was of­fered a job with the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of State County and Mu­nic­i­pal Em­ployee (AFSCME), which she turned down to con­tinue teach­ing.

Anne was a vo­ra­cious reader and be­longed to sev­eral book clubs in both Chicago and Spring­field, MO. She was a found­ing mem­ber, lec­turer and or­ga­nizer with the Celtic Women In­ter­na­tional, Chicago Branch. She en­joyed work­ing with her hus­band in demo­cratic pol­i­tics, as well as hik­ing and fish­ing in the Ozarks. In re­tire­ment, she and her hus­band moved to their sum­mer home in a Dade County, Mis­souri, along the Turn­back River. There she helped de­sign and re­model the old place into a 5,000 sq. ft. log cabin and of­ten said “na­ture is so re­lax­ing and peace­ful here.”

She leaves a hus­band and daugh­ter, Dr. Dawn E. Wick­izer, a son-in-law Robert Treni, and two grand­chil­dren: Vin­cent Pa­trick and Amelia Rose. Dear sis­ter of Pa­trick (Pamela), Kevin, Matthew (Mary), Mary Joan (the late Michael) McFar­lane, Ti­mothy, Mark (Michelle) and Philip Deady. Dear sis­ter-in-law of Bill (Sandy), Rev. Robert (Joan) Wick­izer and Mary Kay (Robert) York. She also leaves be­hind many nieces and neph­ews, and count­less other fam­ily and friends.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Fri­day, July 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., with visi­ta­tion to fol­low un­til 5:00 p.m. at Gor­man-Scharpf Fu­neral Home, 1947 East Semi­nole Street (Semi­nole near Glen­stone), in Spring­field, MO. Grave­side ser­vice will oc­cur at the Cal­vary Ceme­tery, Chicago, IL on July 25, 2020. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to the Ovar­ian Can­cer Re­search Al­liance, PO Box 32141, New York, NY 10087-2141.

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