Ann Marie Charles, age 72, of Lowell, Michigan, passed away with Lori and John at her side on Friday, September 29, 2023. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, cousin, and friend. She was well loved by her community and will always hold a place in our hearts.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Ruth Szyslowski. Ann is survived by her significant other John Sterly, her loving daughter, Lori (Michael) Baird, John’s daughters, Lea (Brad) Hileman and Tara (Chad) Geldersma, and her beloved grandchildren Weston Baird, Alyssa and Bailey Hendricks, Autumn and Damion Geldersma, Eleanor and Eli Hileman, and great-grandchildren, Braxton and Emmy. Ann also leaves behind three brothers James (Linda) Szyslowski, Pat (Sue) Szyslowski, and Stan Szyslowski (Marie), her cousin Barbara Schelling, second cousins Steve (Liz) Schelling, Scott (Stacy) Schelling, and Nicole Schelling (Mark), as well as countless other dear family and friends.
Ann was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She graduated from Union High School In 1969. After high school, Ann furthered her education at Grand Rapids Junior College and graduated from Aquinas College in 1973. She began her long and satisfying career as an elementary school teacher at St. James where she herself had gone to school as a small child. She eventually left teaching for a brief time, but missed the children so much, she went back to teaching again. Ann began teaching in the Lowell Area Public Schools in 1991 and remained there until her retirement 23 years later.
Ann was an active soul and enjoyed life to the fullest. She especially loved the sun and the beach and her time at her condo in Florida. She loved hosting family and friends at parties and holiday gatherings. Ann will forever be remembered for the kindness she showed others.
Visitation will be on Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 1:00pm-3:00pm. A Celebration of Life will begin at 3:00pm. The family would love for you to be ready to share your memories with and about Ann on that day. The Visitation and Celebration of Life will take place at Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N Hudson, Lowell, Michigan 49331.
Memorial contributions can be directed in Ann’s honor to Faith Hospice at 2100 Raybrook St SE # 300, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.