Ann L. Krambs, 65, a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister, as well as a courageous cancer survivor, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Ann was born on January 10, 1947, in Neenah, to Eunice (Moran) and the late Alvin A. Bryzcki. One of six children, Ann grew up mostly in Neenah, but also spent time in Oswego, New York and Modesto, California.
A 1965 graduate of Neenah High School, Ann attended university at both the University College Dublin and UW-Oshkosh. Ann exchanged vows with her husband, Pete Krambs, on August 8, 1970 at St. Gabriel Parish in Neenah, and after briefly living in Colorado Springs, settled back in their hometown.
Athletic and competitive, Ann excelled in recreational slow-pitch softball, volleyball and bowling, and was an integral part in the creation of Neenah Parks and Recreation’s women’s softball and volleyball leagues. She was part of the upswing in women’s sport in the Fox Valley in the late 70s and throughout the 80s, with many of her team and individual successes finding their way to the pages of the Appleton Post Crescent, Oshkosh Northwestern and Twin Cities News Record. Ann was also a fixture on the softball diamonds and on the volleyball courts as an official in the Fox Valley.
Ann was a dedicated member to her community. She volunteered as a youth volleyball coach, was a Girl Scout leader and was integral in many social and fundraising activities at St. Gabriel Parish, including Lenten fish fries, the Roundup and the St. Nick social.
Ann was creative and caring, giving and loving, to her family and friends. She not only enjoyed – and was considered a master in – baking, cooking, canning, gardening, sewing and knitting, but sharing her heart-felt creations with those around her.
Service to her community was a part of Ann’s life; she worked as a waitress at the Valley Inn, Gene’s Supper Club, Doug’s Supper Club and The Red Ox, often greeting patrons with a hug and a smile.
After being diagnosed and treated with a cancerous growth in her brain in 1991, Ann did not falter in giving everything she could to those around her. Ann served lunches for the St. Gabriel grade school, continued to bake, cook, fish, garden and knit. Many of her daughter’s sports teammates remember Ann as a passionate fan, all the while knitting from the sidelines.
Ann is survived by her loving and faithful husband, James Peter Krambs; two daughters, Lisa Fitzgerald and Sheila (Seth) Blackman; four grandchildren, Callista and Jordan Fitzgerald, and Joshua and Isaac Blackman; her mother, Eunice (Moran) Brzycki; five siblings, Mary (Max) Zeigler, Carol (Jay) Jack, Luke (Renee) Brzycki, Bonnie (Glenn) Mueller, and Alice (Jerry) Debroka; many nieces and nephews and members of the extended Brzycki and Moran families.
She was preceded in death by her father, Alvin A. Brzycki, and her mother-in-law, Ursula (Esch) Krambs.
A mass of Resurrection in celebration of Ann’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28, 2012, at St. Gabriel Parish, 900 Geiger Street, Neenah, WI, with Fr. Larry Seidl and Fr. Richard Allen officiating. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 27, 2012, at Kessler Funeral Home, 304 S. Commercial Street, Neenah, from 4-8 p.m., as well as 10 a.m. Friday at the church until the time of the mass.
The family would like to extend warm thanks to Weyauwega Health Care Center, Oakridge Gardens Nursing Center, and Heartland Hospice Services for their assistance and support.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established for each of the skilled nursing facilities that have taken such great care of Ann.
Her life was not cut short; it was lived to the fullest. Those that knew Ann, are assuredly better because of her kindness. Dear Mom, we were born blessed with the best advocate; your positive attitude and determination are attributes that we hope to emulate to continue your legacy. God bless you and keep you. Until we meet again, Love, Lisa and Sheila