Anne M. Freshour ended her earthly journey on May 15, 2017. She passed away at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa. Funeral services: 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church, with Elder Betsy Momany officiating. Burial will be in the Amana Cemetery. Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Middle Amana Church. Memorials in her memory may be given to Camp Courageous, the Amana Church Society or the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Kloster Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Anne Marie Schuhmacher was born in Amana, Iowa on December 22, 1932, the daughter of George and Lina Roemig Schuhmacher. She attended and graduated from the Amana Schools and later attended Cedar Rapids Business College and for a short time did office work in Cedar Rapids until being employed in the office of the Amana Woolen Mill in 1952. Anne was united in marriage at the Amana Church to Charles Freshour on July 25, 1959. She joined her military husband in travels to Florida, Germany, and California. Upon his retirement of 20 years of service, they returned to Amana in 1970, where they raised their two sons. In 1971, she worked as a bookkeeper for Amana Society Builders, retiring in 1995.
Charles and Anne enjoyed going on cruises and did extensive travel in Europe and the States. They also attended several of the reunions of his Air Force missile company. Charles and Anne were instrumental in starting the home delivered meals known as Essen Wagen in 1993. In 2004, they began a Senior Dining program at the Amana Church which served meals on Mondays. In June 2007, she received the award of Outstanding Volunteer of Iowa County from the Heritage Agency, presented by Gov. Chet Culver. Anne was a reader and helper at the Clear Creek Amana School Library. She was a life time member of the Amana Church where she served on various committees. She was also a member of the Amana Heritage Society and the Amana Arts Guild. Anne was an avid reader and bridge player. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and cooking. She was best known for her “cookie care packages”, and they will definitely be missed. Anne especially looked forward to attending the sports and musical events of her grandson.
Anne is survived by her son Greg (Mary), grandson Mitchell Freshour of Urbandale, her son Gordon (Vanessa) of Amana; two step grandchildren, Sara and Nick Waddell; and a brother Henry Schuhmacher, of Amana. Also surviving, are several nieces, nephews and many friends who will miss her dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Charles, a brother Roy (Ruth) Schuhmacher, and a sister-in-law Rose Schuhmacher.