Ann E. Powell, 64, passed away unexpectedly Thursday July 8, 2021. She had been an Oshkosh resident since her student years and graduation from UW Oshkosh in 1994.
Ann is survived by her brother, Philip (Jennifer) Powell of Brunswick MD; sister, Lisa Powell of Pittsburgh PA; sister, Mary Nordquist of Horicon WI; and Stacy Sherman of Oshkosh WI, her sister through a Native American ceremony. Also surviving are her uncle, John Powell of Rockville MD; nephew, Philip Andrew (Andy) Powell of Frederick MD; niece, Emily Nordquist of Horicon WI; nephew, Colin (Margo) Nordquist of San Diego CA; great-niece, Ariana Powell of Frederick MD, as well as cousins from both sides of the family. Ann also leaves behind a close-knit community of friends in the Oshkosh area, many from Raulf Place where she lived and from her most recent employer, The Roxy supper Club.
Ann is preceded in death by her parents, James & Shirley Powell of Waupun WI; both
sets of grandparents, several uncles, aunts, and cousins; most recently dear cousin Mavis
Filler Farnham, and beloved brother-in-law, Kevin Harold Nordquist.
Ann was quite the history buff, with main interests being the Civil War (her focus more
toward Confederacy), WWII, and Native American lifestyle and tribal concerns. She had
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in History, and worked for some time within the Oshkosh Area School District. Ann was an avid reader, amateur photographer, and sports fan. Her favorite sport to watch was football, and she was loyal to her first team, the San Francisco 49ers. She was
a Packers fan, too, unless they were up against the 49ers - causing some family “rivalries”
at times! Every year, Ann looked forward to the Oshkosh EAA air show, with the Warbirds at the top of her favorites list. She also was able to work there some years while employed at
a restaurant with service privileges on the grounds. Ann was very active in Native American Rendezvous events in her area. Going by the name “Short Knife”, she was in the process of applying for membership into the Métis Tribe.
A music lover, Ann taught herself to play acoustic guitar, and wrote words and music for a ballad about the USS Coral Sea, an aircraft carrier that served in the Vietnam War, one that
she and other family members had welcomed back as it passed beneath San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Bridge on one of its Pacific crossings between 1967-1970. Ann also spent time volunteering at Oshkosh’s Grand Opera House, where she was able to experience
the joy of listening to all varieties of music while she worked.
Ann was a kind, loving person, always willing to lend a hand to those in need. She has
certainly touched many lives in her 64 years.
Memorial service is Monday July 19, 2021 at the Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home, 150 W. Oak Grove Street Juneau, WI 53027. Family will receive relatives and friends from 3-4PM at the funeral home.
The Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home-Juneau is serving the family.
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