Ann M. Britz, 86

Ann M. Britz, 86, formerly of the town of Stockton, passed away at Whispering Pines in Plover under the care of ProMedica (Heartland) Hospice on January 24, 2023.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 7176 Esker Rd. in Custer. Rev. Mark Miller will officiate.

Friends and family are invited to gather and share memories on Monday, January 30, 2023, from 4-6:30 p.m. at Shuda Funeral Chapel, 3200 Stanley Street in Stevens Point. The St. Mary’s Rosary Society, of which Ann had been a member, will lead a Rosary prayer at 6:30. Loved ones are welcome to gather again Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at the Church Cemetery.

Ann was born on April 17, 1936, in Galloway (Marathon County) to Charles and Lillian (née Tomaszewski) Meronk. Her mother died when Ann was one year old. She was then taken in and raised by the John and Matilda (née Gosh) Herman family from Arnott.

Ann graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in 1954. She then started her career with Wisconsin State Welfare and was an excellent stenographer. On July 14, 1956, she married John M. Britz and together they shared 55 years of marriage before he passed away in June 2012. After the birth of their third child, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom and was also the bookkeeper for her husband’s successful milk-hauling business until he retired in 1997.

Ann was an avid gardener, enjoyed canning, and made the best apple sauce. She enjoyed polka dancing and dancing the “Hangover Waltz” with John. Together they enjoyed church picnics, visiting the local casinos, and spending time at their lake lot in Mercer.

Ann is survived by her five children, Brian (Karen) and Brad (Bette) of Stevens Point, John P. “Jack” (Lori) of Phillips, Mary (Tony) Mocadlo of Amherst, and Julie (Kenny) Wierzba of Rosholt; her nine grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Dan) Nelson, Kristin (Paul Peterson), Rachel, Nathan, Brooke, and Brett Britz and McKenna, T.J. and Alex Wierzba; and two great-granddaughters, Grace and Sophie Britz. She is also survived by her brother John (Lucille) Herman of Stevens Point and many nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her loving husband and their youngest child, Amy.

Ann’s family would like to thank all the staff at Whispering Pines for the compassionate care they provided her these past 10 1/2 years while she struggled with post-stroke dementia. She was allowed to continue to live with dignity, which she so greatly deserved.

We are at peace that mom is together with dad and Amy in heaven. They can make Sunday their special day again.