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Mother of Mary Ann Reuss Silka ’71 passed away

Posted by mcauleyhighschool on December 13, 2013


Ann (Durban)

Ann Reuss, age 90, formally of Airline Ave., passed away quietly at the Hospice of Northwest of Ohio on Friday December 6, 2013. Ann was born Anna Eve Durban in Palmyra Ohio in 1923. Ann graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1942.

She was married in 1947 to Henry Reuss, a retired Toledo Police Officer and Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy. Ann and Henry enjoyed 50 years in their home on Airline Ave., where she kept an immaculately clean home and a yard full of flowers.

She has been a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Parish for over 60 years.

Ann is famous for her home cooking and baking many meals and pies for St. Charles events. Her cookies were so good her nieces and nephews would even eat them still frozen.

Ann was known for her love of nice clothes, which included her many fancy hats which earned her the name “the hat lady.”

Ann has been a resident of Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek for the past 9 years where her gardening instinct had her taking over 3 large raised flower beds with pickles, tomatoes, and green peppers.

Ann is proceeded in death by her husband, Henry; brothers, Jack, Gus, Mike, Joe and Pete, as well as sisters, Pauline, Mary, and Rose Marie. Ann is survived by her children, Bob (Pam) Reuss, Tom (Mary Therese) Reuss, and Mary Ann (Ed) Silka, as well as by seven grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

In accordance to Ann’s wishes her body was donated to the University of Toledo Medical Center.

There will be no showing or visitation. There will be a Memorial Mass at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Saturday, January 11, 2014.

Ann wished that any memorial contributions be sent to St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Lutheran Home’s Society, Hospice of Northwest Ohio, or the charity of your choice .

Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 8, 2013

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