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Ann Neubauer

October 24, 1942 ~ November 6, 2018 (age 76)

Ann M. Neubauer, 76, of Cresco, Iowa died Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 at Colonial Manor in Elma, Iowa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Father Jerry Kopacek officiating.  Visitation will be held on Friday, November 9, at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home in Cresco, Iowa from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., and will continue for 1 hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.  Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery.

Ann was born October 24th, 1942 in Elma, Iowa, the daughter of Francis and Marie (Ferrie) O’Donnell.  Ann grew up with her siblings on the family farm near Elma and attended and graduated from Afton Country school No. 9. Ann graduated with the class of 1961 from the Immaculate Conception Academy in 1961. After graduation, she spent time living and working in Rochester, Minnesota and Minneapolis, Minnesota where she was employed at the Hennepin County Library.

On February 5, 1966, she married Joe Neubauer at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Elma, Iowa. To this union, two sons were born, Joe and Tony. They spent the first two years of their marriage living in the apartment above the Davis Corners store. From 1968 until 1985, they farmed on a family acreage on Highway 63. In 1985, the family moved into Cresco.  From 1984 until 2001, Ann was an in-home daycare provider. She adored children and had a very special knack with them. She treated them as if they were her own kids, even as they grew up and left her care. During the 2001-2002 school year, she worked at the after-school program at Crestwood Elementary, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. Ann loved to chat and visit with anyone that was in her presence. She considered everyone a friend and took a sincere interest in every single person she met. She loved visiting on the phone for hours with her family and friends.  She also loved watching cooking shows on television as well as following everyone on Facebook.  Ann was also avid collector of Santa Clauses big and small and loved going for rides around town and in the country to people watch and visit with whomever she was with. She genuinely was a friend to everyone.

Ann’s greatest joy was her family.  She and Joe were inseparable and always took tremendous care of each other.  Ann’s two boys were her pride and joy. She loved talking about Joe’s Lowe’s Stores or how Tony’s football and basketball teams were doing. Ann treasured every single moment that she spent with her 3 grandchildren, Joseph, Anthony, and Piper. They loved “Nana’s” house where there was always an ice cream bar, toys, and a big smile and hug waiting for them.

Ann is survived by her two sons, Joe Neubauer and his wife, Rhonda, and their son, Joseph, of Springfield, Illinois, Tony Neubauer, and his wife Jamie, and their children, Anthony and Piper of Creston, Iowa; two brothers, Russ O’Donnell  and his wife Margaret, of Elma, and Jerry O’Donnell and  his wife Barb of Cresco, Iowa. Three sisters; Lavon Fye and her husband Galen of Cresco, Lois Recker and her husband Don of Cresco, and Mary Bucheit and her husband Tom of Osage, Iowa,  her brother in-law Lloyd Neubauer of Lime Springs, Iowa, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ben and Geraldine Phillips of Granger, Minnesota, sister-in-law Marayln Welsh of Waukon, Iowa, cousins, Ron O’Donnell and his wife Linda of Elma, Joyce Ives and her husband Gail of Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Bob Dilky and his wife of Des Moines, sister-in-law Nancy Boice of Fayette, Iowa,  sister-in-law Cheryl Neubauer of Scottsdale, Arizona, and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband Joe, her parents, Francis and Marie O’Donnell, her father-in-law and mother-in-law Joe and Dora Neubauer, two brothers, Jerome and Gene O’Donnell, a nephew, Steven Neubauer, a niece, Julie Wright, a brother-in-law Virgil Neubauer, a sister-in law Berneita Neubauer, her cousin Sharon Stover, and several aunts and uncles.

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