Shirley "Ann" Kollowa

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April 9, 1935 - December 28, 2018
Born in Mount Calvary, WI
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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On December 28th, 2018, surrounded by loved ones and her “Hubby” Willard Kollowa, our Shirley Ann Kollowa went to be with the Lord.

Shirley is survived by her beloved husband, Willard Kollowa, her children, Kathryn and Scott Kollowa, five grandchildren, Neelia Miller, Joshua Miller, Krista Wetmore, Kaitlyn Anderson, and Matthew Kollowa; her siblings, Jim (Giesla) Holzmann, Roger (Rose Marie) Holzman, Rosie (Bill) Baus, and Mary (Jim) Mand; and many nieces and nephews.

Even though she could not walk or stand, her husband Willard used lifts and slings to transfer her to a wheelchair and to go to dialysis treatment three times a week – a treatment she had been going to for the past seven years. Willard had a wheelchair lift built into their van and created a wheelchair accessible home so that she could spend the last eleven months of her life comfortable at home.

Shirley Ann Kollowa was born April 9th, 1935 to Elmer and Helen (Steffen) Holzmann in Mount Calvary, WI. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mount Calvary. Her formal years of education were in Mount Calvary and then, at sixteen years of age, she went to Sinsinawa Mother House to finish high school. She worked at the Sinsinawa Mother House where she professed her vows and made a commitment to God to be a Sinsinawa Dominican Sister.

She spent seven years in Fribourg, Switzerland at the house of Fribourg International Girls Boarding School where she was a chaperone and cook for the house. She also studied at the Catholic Dominican school to learn French. She traveled to many countries chaperoning groups of girls for the school. Shirley served seventeen years in the order and left due to health issues.

She studied at the University of Wisconsin to become a secretary and then worked at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She met Willard and they were married December 30th, 1975, at Hope Lutheran Church in St. Ann, Missouri.

Ann refinished Hammond church organs that were bought from a dealer every season in Edgerton, Minnesota. Every summer, Ann and Willard took their camper to Osh Kosh, Wisconsin to the EAA Convention for Aircraft. They camped for several weeks every year in July.

They bought and sold 35mm cameras and went to camera shows where Ann would display and sell cameras. Ann refinished many items in their home including kitchen cabinets and furniture pieces that were family antiques.

Ann lived a long and fulfilled life. She was known for bringing much joy to her friends and family. She never complained throughout the many years of her struggle with dialysis and she still had a smile on her face. She brought peace, joy, and hope to all those who knew her.

In Ann’s memory, memorials to be made to Hope Lutheran Church. Burial will be at Slayton City Cemetery, Slayton, MN, at a future date.

Guestbook Entries

  1. kathy kollowa December 30, 2018 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    candle 6Love and miss you very much dear Ann. You were a very special person in my life.
    Love Kathy

  2. kathy kollowa December 30, 2018 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    candle 6Dear Ann,
    You were very special to me in my life. You will be missed very much!

  3. Todd and Michele Askeroth December 30, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    We will remember her for her cheerfulness always and her kind and generous demeanor. Thankyou “Annie” for all you did for us

  4. Todd and Michele Askeroth December 30, 2018 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    We will always remember her for her cheerfulness always and her kind and generous demeanor. Our lives are better having known her

  5. Bob Schreiber December 31, 2018 at 11:52 am - Reply

    What a loving and devoted couple. My deepest sympathies to Willard and the whole family. We all will miss her kindness and loving spirit

  6. Jim holzmann December 31, 2018 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    Dear Willard
    Our deepest condolences
    You where the most. Loving husband to our dear anni
    We all love you Jim and gisela with family

  7. Marilynn & Art Blacksher December 31, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    candle 5I always enjoyed seeing & talking with Shirley Ann, always so pleasant and her smile could melt you over. What a full life she lived – and to be thankful to be amongst everyone. A very Gracious Lady!

  8. Roger Holzmann December 31, 2018 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Anne, I hope you are at peace now. You suffered long enough, thank goodness for Willard, who was their to take care of you all this time.
    We will miss you, I will miss my chances to pick on my older sister!!!
    from your little brother, Roger and Rosemarie

  9. gerri nold December 31, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful couple that we were blessed to share Tuesday morning bible study with!! You will be truly missed by our group as well as everyone else you came in contact with sweet lady. God Speed!!

  10. Barbara Holzmann December 31, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    candle 6Dear cousin you have been relieved of your pain and now are at peace. Your family will always remember and miss you. Much sympathy to dear Willard. Barbara Holzmann

  11. Annette Holzmann December 31, 2018 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    candle 2Annie, You have often been in my thoughts over the years. I have many happy memories of your visits from my childhood. I’m glad you are at peace but you will be missed. Uncle Willard, I am so sorry. Sending my love and the biggest possible long-distance hug.

  12. Gisela Holzmann January 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Dear Willard, thank you for being so good to our Annie! Sending our condolences to you and your family!
    Love always,
    Jim & Gisela <3

  13. Steve and Darlene Kuhlman January 1, 2019 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    Annie was the sweetest and most genuinely nice person We have known ! She will be missed, but her smile and warmth will be felt forever! God bless you, Willard, for taking such great care of Annie. Love you both dearly, Steve and Darlene Kuhlman

  14. Cathy Sabel January 4, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Annie, Thank you for being a wonderful Godmother/Aunt. My family and I were happy to visit you a couple years ago. Although, you will be missed, we are glad that your suffering has come to an end and that you are in a better place. Thanks Uncle Williard for being present for Aunt Annie. Our thoughts and prayers for you as you mourn her loss. Love, Cathy Sabel and Family

    • Raymond & Dorpothea Botz January 8, 2019 at 12:18 pm - Reply

      A life well lived Ann will be missed by all who knew her. One of the gifts God has given me was to know Ann and Willard. Thanks be to God.

  15. Romald Michels January 4, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

    candle 7Sweet Ann,
    Even though we didn’t see you for a long time, I can assure you that you were constantly in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Helen updated us about your adventures and the later years on your health and lately Rosie. We are grateful for your love to us. Your departure has left a big hole in those who love you dearly. I can see you happy with a very wide smile being in the New Jerusalem with all of those who have gone before. May you rest in peace!

    Dear Willard,
    May God comfort you and surround you with His love, warmth, and loving care. Thank you for your great love for Ann and everything you did possible for her to be in the comfort of her home and your great love. A big hug from both of us, and please accept our deepest condolences. Ron & Eugenia

  16. Mrs Jarhonda Spight January 12, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    candle 4She was such a sweet woman and I enjoyed taking care of her at Davita she never complained and always smiled. She will be missed dearly love Jay

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