Ann was born and raised in Belleville. She graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame High School in 1944. Upon graduation, Ann took a secretarial position with Aluminum Ore Co. in East St. Louis, where she worked until her marriage. She married Joe on May 13, 1950 at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Belleville. They immediately moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where their 4 children were born. Seventeen years later, they returned to the St. Louis area (Chesterfield) where they lived for 12 years. After a short job relocation to Plano, Texas, Joe retired, and they returned “home” to Belleville.
Ann was the epitome of a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a generous, loving, and social person who was always at her best. She had a sunny disposition, and always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. She loved to try new recipes, especially desserts, and she especially enjoyed dancing and an occasional Happy Hour.
Ann’s caring nature extended far beyond her immediate family. Ann was very active with the St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Auxiliary in Belleville. She also volunteered at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital gift shop and was very involved in activities at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting Linus Blankets for children and was always happy to drive others to volunteer activities.
Ann was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 47 years, Joe, who passed away on June 2, 1997; her parents, William H. Gaul and Catherine M. (nee Lang) Gaul Moore; and a brother, Patrick W. Gaul.
She is survived by her brother, William M. (Patricia) Gaul of Evanston, IL; her four children, Nancy (Pete) Kanatzar, Ric (Harriet) Grimmer, Joann Devereux Perri, and Erin (Rick) Sippel; her nine grandchildren, Brian (Elissa) Kanatzar, Lisa (Jacob) Malek, Julie Kanatzar, Eric Grimmer, John Grimmer, Paul (Crystal) Devereux, Jamie (Ryan) Parks, Jenna Sippel, and Jack Sippel; her eight great-grandchildren, Grant and Cole Kanatzar, Hunter and Hudson Malek, Rowen and Brooks Devereux, and Peyton, Carson, and Ruby Parks; a brother-in-law, Harlan Grimmer; a sister-in-law, Marjorie (Robert) Calhoun; and numerous nieces and nephews in the Gaul and Grimmer families.
Ann will be missed by all.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Agnes Home at 10341 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO 63122. We appreciate their loving care over the past few years. In lieu of flowers, memorials may also be made to St. Teresa Catholic Church, or to St. Teresa Catholic Grade School, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 14, 2021, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David Darin officiating.
Entombment will be at Valhalla Mausoleum, Belleville, IL.