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Ann L. Slattery "Utah's Lady of Bowling" Ann Louise Pechina Slattery passed away on Feb. 27th, 2011 at the age of 82. Ann was born in Salt Lake City, UT on November 11, 1928 to Martin & Rose Stilinovich Pechina. She was raised in the Highland Boy area of Bingham Canyon. Ann was always a fierce competitor, she battled hard against congestive heart failure, but like her late husband Bob, her body just gave out. A true legend in Utah sports, she was a member of the Professional Women's Bowling Association. Her accomplishments in bowling are too numerous to list them all. She was most proud of her World All- Star Championship in 1965 in Philadelphia, making her the first male or female to bring a national sports title to Utah. Beginning with a parade from the airport to being honored at The Lafayette Room in The Hotel Utah by Governor Calvin Rampton and Mayor J. Bracken Lee, presenting her with a "Key to the City," the excitement was overwhelming. She was on the Bowlers Journal All-American Bowling Team. She was inducted into the Utah Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame, Great Salt Lake Bowling Association Hall of Fame, National Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Missouri, Utah Sports Hall of Fame, and Hall of Honor- Utah Summer Games with a gold medal. Utah Sports Old Timer's Hall of Fame and Utah Sports Hall of Fame with a plaque still displayed at the Energy Solutions Arena. She was Bowler of the Year many times, and held every title in Salt Lake City and Utah multiple times. Ann set many records in Utah bowling including high average for over 35 years. She also scored a perfect "300" game. As a result of her own bowling career, she was on the television game shows, "What's My Line?" and "To Tell the Truth". She is survived by her daughter, Susan, brother, Martin Pechina Jr. (Sue) of Sequim, Washington, her baby brother whom she always held a very special place in her heart for; sister-in law, Patty Rubic, of Portland, Oregon, and many nieces and nephews and her grand-daughters and grand-son-in-law, Haverley Ann Coy Brass (Ryan Brass), and Gabrielle Savchuk, whom she was so very, very proud of. She would look at all three of them and smile because of their focus and determination. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, Robert; sister, Mary Nordberg; brothers; Nicholas Barich, Michael Rubic, Peter Rubic, infant brother- Martin Pechina, and John Pechina. In lieu of flowers, if you would like to honor Ann, support a young athlete in any way you can, or display tons and tons of Christmas lights this year. She loved those and will be watching. A memorial service will be held, Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:00 p.m., at Neil O'Donnell and Sons Mortuary, 372 East 100 South, where friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Committal service, Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 4th Ave. and 'T' St.

Published in Salt Lake Tribune from Mar. 6 to Mar. 13, 2011
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