Anne Hiebel, 100, Alexandria, died Sunday, January 18, 2009.
Anne was born November 1, 1908, in Humpolec, Czechoslovakia, to John and Marie (Marsik) Keller. She moved to the United States at age 2. She attended school at District #18 in Pope County through the 8th grade.
Anne was united in marriage to John Raymond Hiebel on June 17, 1929 at St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Villard. The couple farmed near Lake Andrew where they raised their three children. In the early 1970s the couple sold their farm but kept one acre of land where John built a home for them. In the early 1980s the Hiebels moved to Alexandria.
Anne was a very active lady. She was a member of the Oak Grove School Board, a 4H leader, was one of the first members of the Lake Mary Birthday Club that started in the early 1940s and is still in existence, and she was an active volunteer at the Alexandria Senior Citizens Center for more than 30 years. Anne was the oldest member and longest active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.
Anne loved to play the accordion and harmonica. She also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends, such as whist and 500. She loved to bake and will always be remembered as the "Kolache Grandma."
She is survived by her three children, Donald and wife, Lorraine, of Bloomington, Kenneth of Plymouth, Anne Marie Tatum and husband, Paul, of Oak Point, Texas; seven grandchildren, Catherine Mazanec, Paul Hiebel, Caroline Taylor, Michael Hiebel, Bridget Johnson Banks, Monica Lucibello and JoAnn Tyler; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John, who died in June 2003, one week short of their 73rd wedding anniversary; parents; three brothers and six sisters. She was the last survivor of 10 children.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, January 21 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with the Rev. Steve Binsfeld officiating.
Pallbearers were Paul Hiebel, Michael Hiebel, Richard Mazanec, Kevin Mazanec, Drey Lucibello and Eric Tyler. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery in Alexandria.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.