Ann Marie Schweiger, age 65, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 3, 2015, as a result of pulmonary fibrosis, secondary to rheumatoid arthritis. She was born on January 13, 1950 in Beaver Dam, WI to Clarence and Laura (Thill) Schweiger. Ann graduated from Beaver Dam Senior High School and the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. She began her career in Columbia, MO. In 1978, Ann moved to Phoenix, AZ where she worked in and supervised the Microbiology Department of the Laboratory at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for 37 years. She will be remembered for being hard working and full of fun. She made and nurtured good, lifelong friendships. Till the last, whenever asked, she insisted, "I'm fine!" Ann is survived by brothers John (Rose), Thomas, Paul (Jo Anne) and sisters Rita (Mark) Tuel, Jean (Bill) Roder and best caring Alice. She is also survived by loving nephews, nieces, relatives and dear friends and co-workers. Ann was preceded in death by her parents Clarence and Laura, sister-in-law Nancy Schweiger, nephew Derick Bantz, niece-in-law Annette Johnston, and best companion and pet Sophie. A Funeral Service will be held on September 9, 2015 at 2:30 P.M., at St. Joseph's Dignity Health Chapel, 500 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. Memorials may be made in Ann's name to your local shelter or to the National Humane Society, www.humanesociety.org or to the
, www.arthritis.org to support research for a cure for RA.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Sept. 9, 2015