SAVANNA—Ann O. LaShelle, 84, of Savanna, passed into God’s hands Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
A Celebration of Life for Ann will be held from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Manny’s Pizza, Savanna.
Ann was born Aug. 2, 1935, the daughter of James Ough and Jeanette (Smith) Fisher. Ann attended Clinton, Iowa, High School where she excelled in swimming and took second place in an Iowa Poetry contest. Ann was gifted with a great imagination and was a hustler since birth.
Ann married Junior LaShelle Jan. 30, 1954. She and Junior shared an interest in collecting antiques and collectibles. This hobby turned them into doing flea markets all over the United States after Ann retired from working for the U.S. Army Defense Ammunition Center and School (USADACS) for 23 years.
Ann worked her way through a series of jobs at USADACS, from a draftsman to a mechanical engineering technician. Ann was also the illustrator and she finished her career as a technical manuals writer in the Maintenance Engineering Division.
Ann worked many jobs during her lifetime, including tending bar at the VFW in the 1970s and was the manager at the Scenic Ridge Restaurant in the 1990s.
Ann had many creative hobbies during her retirement. She loved to plan parties at the VFW and Mest Manor. Ann wrote, directed and starred in the “Cinderella” play that was performed at the Mest Manor and the Big Meadows Nursing Home.
Ann will be missed by her loving family and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Jan (Mark) Bradshaw; son, Craig (Joleen) LaShelle; daughter-in-law Mel LaShelle; four grandchildren, Amber, Blake, Cody and Cameron LaShelle; and one great-granddaughter, Asia.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Junior LaShelle; a son, Scott LaShelle; one great-grandson, Darius; both parents; and one brother, Dick Eggers,