Ann Marie Kimler, 83, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2021 after becoming ill and not having the strength to recover.
Ann was born in Port Townsend, Washington, January 4, 1938, to Hubert and Emmy Lou Germeau. In the early 50s Ann moved to Seattle and worked at the 5th Avenue Theatre. While living in Seattle she met a Navy man, William F. Kimler, from Pennsylvania and they were married March 10, 1956. They were married 40 years prior to Bill's death in 1995.
Bill and Ann made their home in Sequim to be closer to family and started Bill's Plumbing in 1959, it is still in operation and managed by their daughter Judy. They incorporated the Portable Toilets "SANIKANS" as they are known, into the business in the 60s. Many will remember them as "Ann's Cans" as it was her idea to start that part of the business.
Ann was a force to be dealt with in business as many remember her, also many will remember Ann when she managed the Sequim Theatre, nobody got away with much in the dark movie theatre with her on watch.
Ann had so many talents including sewing, ceramics and doll making which consumed her time after retiring. Doll making was her passion, she loved to design, create and teach others. She was featured in many doll magazines and her talents acknowledged by many doll enthusiasts. One of Ann's signature items she made in porcelain were her "Snow babies." She loved creating them and selling them at the doll and craft shows, along with her miniature dolls. For all who knew Ann, she was a sweet, talented, generous soul, she will be missed and remembered fondly.
Ann is survived by her children Joanna Hays (Kimler), William Kimler and Judy Kimler; her grandchildren, William Hays, Jessica Young, Kristin Moore, Tom Walla, Tony Walla and Sarina Sanchez; her great-grandchildren, Makenzie Campbell, Elena and Callie Sanchez, Ellie Clair and Olyvia Young and Leilah Grace Moore.
Published in Peninsula Daily News on Feb. 21, 2021.