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Ann Wise

By Ellis Codjoe, March 05, 2019

Anastasia “Ann” Wise, 91, of Ottumwa died at 4:30 a.m. March 3, 2019 at Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa.

She was born September 30, 1927 in Madison, IL to Nicholas and Mary Zieba Wakus.  She married Raymond D. Wise on October 16, 1954.  He preceded her in death on December 4, 1995.

Ann was a secretary at John Morrell & Co. for 10 years.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Ottumwa where she was involved in church activities working in the kitchen for funeral luncheons.  She had been a member of Chapter IN of PEO.  She enjoyed reading and her flower beds.

Surviving are two grandchildren, Brian Nicholas Saunders of Johnston and Katherine Anne Saunders  of Des Moines; a son-in-law, Rob J. Saunders of Oskaloosa; two sisters, Helen Smith of Columbia, IL and Betty Barciszewski of Granite City, IL.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Saunders and a brother, Nick Wakus.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Jane Martinez officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will begin open at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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