1915 ~ 2012
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Ann Kuhlmann, 97, passed away peacefully at home in Highland surrounded by family members on October 31, 2012.
She was born on June 8, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York to Charles and Anna Pfaffmann. She and her brother Carl had a happy childhood growing up in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. They spent many summers canoeing in the Adirondacks and they traveled in Europe together. She paid for her education at New York University by working in their Geology Department and graduated from NYU in 1938. While attending graduate school, she met Rudolf Kuhlmann at International House in New York. They were married on October 18, 1940 and spent their first year of marriage in South America. They had a wonderful marriage and together raised their four children in Ridgewood and Montclair, New Jersey. In the mid-seventies, she moved with her husband to Iowa City, Iowa near her daughter's home. After the passing of her husband in 1990, she lived near her son's family in Madison, Wisconsin and then moved to another daughter's home in Highland where she has lived for the past 15 years.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose primary interest was always her family. She had a consistently positive attitude and her family benefitted greatly from her alertness and curiosity about the world. She read extensively throughout her life with particular interest in religions and medieval and American Western history. She supported many charitable causes and environmental organizations, including Boys Town Nebraska, Providence Country Day School, Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, and Defenders of Wildlife, to name just a few. She volunteered with autistic children at the University of Iowa, assisted the occupational therapist at the VA Hospital in Iowa City, and volunteered in the urology department at Emory University Hospital. Her wide interests, quick intelligence, and lively sympathy endeared her to her family who will always cherish her memory and lasting influence.
She is survived by her children Susan Lohafer (Mike) of Johnson City, Tennessee, Will (Mary Sue) of Columbus, Ohio, and Elizabeth Blackwell (Dave) of Highland, Utah. She has eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son Walter (Debby) of Madison, Wisconsin and her brother Carl (Hortense) of New York City, New York.
Her family thanks the aides and nurses of Encompass Home Care and Hospice and all those who made her last years joyful and comfortable as well as Warenski Funeral Home who made the final arrangements.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, November 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Highland City Cemetery located at 6200 West 11000 North Highland, Utah. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.warenski.com
Published in Deseret News on November 7, 2012