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Ann A. Lubach

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"She is with the angels" Ann was born in Pleiss, Germany on September 17, 1919 to Joseph and Karolina Lorek. She was the fourth of six children born in the family. In her early life she lived in several cities of Germany including Berlin and Cologne. She met her future husband, Art Lubach, an American GI, by chance on Sunday, in a park, and corresponded with him for three years, before he convinced her to come to America for a better life and to be his wife. He sent money for ship and plane tickets and she boarded the ship at Bremerhaven Germany. The ship docked in New York, she went thru Ellis Island with guides who helped her with flights to New York, Chicago and Seattle airports, without understanding or speaking much english. In Seattle on November 1, 1948, Art met her at the airport, took her to meet his parents and family. Then on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1948, they were married and moved to Eastern Washington for several years, while Art worked in construction. Later they moved to Snohomish, WA, as Art had a small home and property and he had begun working for the Federal Government, BPA. Ann became a homemaker and mother. She studied and took the citizenship test, passing and becoming a proud U.S. citizen on February 14, 1952. To mark the occasion, Art bought her a watch, which she proudly wore until the time of her passing. She and Art had three children, Robert, who died at birth, and Janet and Joe. They built another home on the property and converted the older home into a motel and later apartments, which she operated until 1983. She and Art were married for close to 25 years, before his passing in 1973. She moved to Lynnwood, WA and lived there for several years, before moving to Seattle, WA for the remainder of her life. Ann loved her family, her friends, the many family dogs, traveling, gardening, playing games from board to bingo, to the casinos and a good discussion on world events. Ann enjoyed many good times with Art's family; his parents, three sisters, two brothers, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was very close to Dick and Dorothy Greiert, who took her under their care after Art's passing. Many good times and holidays were spent at their home in Lake Stevens, with good friends and family. Ann enjoyed spending time with her sister, Erna; and her cousin and husband, Christa and Herbert, (deceased). Ann and Erna traveled thru the U. S. and made several trips to Germany to visit family, friends and see more of Germany and surrounding countries. In May 1993, Ann and Janet took a memorable trip to Germany to visit family and tour the fairyland castles and countryside. Ann and Erna traveled to Eastern Washington for summer monthly visits with Christa and Hebert, including RV camping at various parks. On occasion their cousin Margot would visit from Germany and join them in the RVing; they so enjoyed these times together. Ann and Erna enjoyed playing bingo at the local parlors and would cheer or lament about their wins or losses. They spent hours playing card games, were together for holidays and were very close sisters until Erna's passings in 1995. Ann still had her cousins, Christa and Herbert and visited with them often traveling to and from eastern washington in summer time until their passing in 2009. For the past 12 years Ann and Janet have lived together and traveled throughout Washington state, with the most memorable trips to Ocean Shores celebrating Ann's bdays, enjoying the sun, driving on the beach, w/no one around, enjoying the time together, with a trip to the casino in the evening. Other fond memories include trips to Mt Vernon, to see the tulip fields when in season, having lunch at the Swinomish casino and playing poker on the machines, including a win of $1200, which Ann split w/Janet. Sometimes it would be 10:00 p.m. at nite and Janet would be dragging Ann out of the casino and reminding her that she would be tired the next day. She would say, "but I am winning! I can't go home now!" Janet and Joe celebrated Ann (mom's) milestone bdays as special occasions. 75th bday at the Imperial Gardens, with family, drinking 12 bottles of wine; 80th surprise bday at Edmonds Sr Center, w/family and friends; 85th bday dinner @ Canlis w/limo ride; 90th bday at home w/family and friends; was starting to plan the 95th bday ? but it was not to be. Ann and Joe were very close and his passing (2010) was hard for her, but she proved to be a very strong-willed woman. She endured many trials and tribulations growing up in war-torn Germany, but she survived and took a chance with Art and America. She was always glad she came to America, proud to be an american and said this was the best place on earth to live. She lived thru Art's bout w/cancer and passing and made a new life for herself with family and friends. She enjoyed meeting Janet and Joe's friends and they became part of her extended family, as immediate family passed away. Moving to Seattle was lonely, so her doctor advised her to get a dog. She adopted Corky Jo, a black and silver schnauzer, wonderful dog, who lived to almost 16 yrs old. Then she and Janet adopted, Tyler, a gray and white rescued schnauzer, three yrs old, who maybe even better. Ann enjoyed decorating, especially at Christmas time; all the boxes would come out and she would lovingly place the angels on the shelves, along with the Santas, and the Nativity scene, completely filling the living room with holiday cheer. Ann with Janet's help transformed her Seattle home into a cozy setting; updating the inside and the outside; relandscaping the front and back yards into a peaceful space. She loved planting flowers and tending to them; enjoying many summer nites on the patio, with so many flowers in bloom. Last year she helped paint the outside of the house and was glad to do her part. But Mom, you are getting out of painting the north side of the house this year ! Ann always looked elegant and fashionable, wanting to look her best, even if it was working in the yard or going to the store. She was always admired for that, probably that european influence and because she has so much pride in herself. She is and will always be a beautiful woman, both inside and out, to those who knew her and loved her. She was the best mom and was always available to help and guide her kids in their endeavors, thru good and bad times, and we can never say enough thank you's. She would say sometimes she did not know or understand things in America, but we would remind her that she lived in America longer than she did in Germany. Gotcha! Then we would get a dirty look from her. Ann was a strong believer in God and had a very strong faith that carried her thru many difficult times. She prayed for all of her family and friends daily and read the scriptures on a daily basis. She leaves behind her daughter, Janet; her sister, Gretel Chybiorz; and nephew, Peter, in Dohren Germany; her cousin, Margot Wlotzek, in Bochum Germany; nieces and nephews; and many wonderful friends. At her request she was cremated and there will not be a formal service, but a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Family respectfully requests no flowers; however suggests that donations be sent to the: Providence Hospice and Home Care Foundation or to the Providence General Foundation in Ann Lubach's name. Ann's family wishes to acknowledge and thank the following: all the Group Health doctor and nurses, who cared for her, especially Dr. Almut White, (retired) who Ann very much liked, respected and revered; the Group Health Urgent Care staff at Everett, the Providence Hospital 7th Floor Palliative doctors and nurses, and the Hospices nurses, who made her last days so memorable and peaceful. Ann and Mom you are so very much loved and missed. Rest in peace and we will see you soon!

Published in The Herald (Everett) on Mar. 30, 2014