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category: Obituary, date: 2012-01-19, by Avon SD
Ann S. Heidemann
Ann S. HeidemannAnnie "Ann" Heidemann
(August 12, 1922 - January 19, 2012)

Ann S. Heidemann, age 89, of Brandt, SD died Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Sanford Medical Center, Clear Lake, SD.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Highland Lutheran Church, Brandt, SD.

Burial will be in Highland Lutheran Cemetery, Brandt, SD.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012 at Houseman Funeral Home, Clear Lake, SD.

Annie "Ann" Susan Heidemann was born in Tyndall, SD on August 12, 1922 to Ida and Louis Dykstra. She was raised in the Avon area and graduated from Avon High School in 1939. After graduation, Ann stayed with her sister Henrietta in Litchfield, MN for a short time and then moved to Springfield, SD where she met Carl Heidemann.

Ann and Carl were married on New Year's Eve, 1946. Soon they moved back to the farm on which he was raised near Brandt, SD where they farmed until 1969. They moved to Bushnell, SD in 1970. On December 18, 1974, Carl passed away. In 1987, Ann moved back to Brandt to enjoy her retirement years. Ann slipped peacefully away into the arms of Jesus at the Sanford Medical Center of Clear Lake, SD on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at the age of 89 years, 5 months and 7 days.

In addition to working with Carl on the farm, Ann's employment included working in creameries in Springfield and Brandt, being postmistress in Bushnell and employment at the Brookings Community Hospital and South Dakota State University.

Ann always enjoyed keeping in touch with many life-long friends in the various communities where she lived and worked and was active in church and community activities. Her hobbies included traveling with family, gardening, crocheting and most especially, Ann enjoyed baking. She is well known for her chocolate chip cookies which she baked for any family in mourning and as treats for family and friends.

Ann is survived by her daughter Betty of Brandt; son Benny (Lorraine) of Piedmont, SD; granddaughter Sandy (Pete) Gibbons of Bellevue, NE; grandson John Heidemann of Rapid City, SD; great-granddaughters Jocelyn Gibbons, Breanna, Monet and Victoria Heidemann; her sister Louise Van Gerpen of Avon, SD; three sisters-in-law: Ferne of Pierre, SD, Arlene and Erma of Avon, SD and numerous nieces and nephews by whom she was known as "Auntie Ann" or "Aunt Annie". Ann was a special person and her memory will live on for her family and friends.

Ann was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers Dickie, John, Garrett, Dave and Louis "Buddy"; one sister Henrietta; brothers-in-law, Pete, Glenn, Arthur, Harold and Victor; sisters-in-law Minnie, Lizzie, Anna, Hannah, Vivian; nephews David V., Garry, Myron, Mike and niece Barbie.

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