Ann Langheim

FORT THOMAS - People called Ann Langheim a beauty. After all, she was a runway model for Fashion Frock Inc. in Cincinnati. Yet, what struck those more was her inner beauty - she was kind, loyal and understanding.

"Mother was a beautiful woman physically, but she wasn't the kind of person to walk into a room with airs. Her beauty came from within," said her daughter, Sheila Davis of Fort Thomas. "Everyone went to her for advice or consolation. She was the ultimate confidant. She kept people's secrets and helped them do the right thing."

Mrs. Langheim died Friday, July 22, at Baptist Convalescent Center in Newport from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 89.

She was born and raised in Newport with her older brother. She graduated from Newport High School and then started modeling.

She met John Langheim when they were students at the high school. They fell in love a few years later when he asked her for a dance at the Beverly Hills Supper Club. They married in 1943, making their home in Fort Thomas. She continued modeling until her children were born.

Following World War II, she and her husband began reaching out to others through sponsorships. When they learned a family in Dresden, Germany lost everything during the war, they helped them get back on their feet. When her husband served in the Philippines, he befriended the Damacio family. They faithfully sent money and resources to the family, including funds to put their son, Tebortio, who they called "Teddy," through college.

She also sponsored many children from Kenya through the Children's Christian Fund.

"She never met any of the children or the families they helped, but cards and letters were exchanged through the years," her daughter said. "She told us letters had come from our little brothers. My parents remained close to the Damacio family throughout their lives."

Mrs. Langheim returned to the workforce when her son, Terry, started medical school. She worked as an auditor for the Internal Revenue Service in Covington.

She was a member of the Fort Thomas PTA and the Newport High School Alumni Association.

Her husband died in 1995.

Along with her daughter, survivors include her son, Dr. Terry Langheim of Cincinnati; brother, John Cottingham of Fort Thomas; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be 8:30-10 a.m. with service following Saturday, July 30, at Dobbling Funeral Home, Fort Thomas. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Southgate.

Memorials: Newport High School Alumni & Associates, P.O. Box 75129, Fort Thomas, KY 41075.

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Published in the Kentucky Enquirer on July 29, 2011