Ann Marie Saugstad (nee Incha), our angel, was born March 2, 1941, in Antigo, WI to Michael and Henrietta (Wachal) Incha. She passed peacefully on July 24, 2022, at the age of 81. Her elementary education was at Eau Claire School in the Town of Ackley and graduated from Antigo High School in 1958. She went on to receive her 2-year teaching certificate from Langlade County Teacher's College. While teaching grades 1 - 6 at Sunrise School in Marion, WI; she graduated from Stevens Point State College with a lifetime license teaching degree.
Ann moved to West Bend, WI in August 1964 and began her teaching career at Silver Maple School on South 18 Ave, enriching the lives of third and fourth graders. She also taught at Fair Park, although the majority of her 33-year career was at McLane Elementary teaching 3 grade.
Ann was united in marriage to her soulmate El Saugstad in June 1975 at St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Church and they made their home in the Town of Trenton.
The birth of granddaughter Dakotah to daughter Sandra brought lots of joy into her life. This happiness was doubled when grandson Joshua arrived. Many wonderful memories were made while they were growing up. She loved watching, supporting, and cheering them on in all extracurricular school activities.
Volunteering became a passion, especially shelving books at the Public Library and McLane School. Other activities she enjoyed included reading, traveling, book discussion groups, setting up for charities, Church fundraisers, gardening, and exercising. Ann also was a natural model strutting her stuff at Women's Club fashion shows.
Ann is survived by her husband El of 47 years; daughter, Sandra; grandchildren, Dakotah and Joshua; and grand fur baby, Dexter. She is also survived by a sister, Alice (Jim) Grasewicz; brothers, David (Sue) and Michael; along with other family members and many friends. She has been reunited in Heaven with her parents and brother, Donald.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, August 9 at 2 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 12 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Queen of Peace Cemetery in Antigo, WI.
Family is requesting visitors wear purple in honor of Ann's favorite color.
Anyone who knew Ann knew how immense her love of flowers was. Flowers are welcome; otherwise, the family will also be accepting donations towards a future scholarship in Education that will be set up in Ann's memory.
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Antigo, WI 54409
Antigo, WI 54409
There is a 1970"s rock band who had a song with the lyric "So often times it happens we live our lives in chains and never know we have the key". Whoever penned that line never met my sister, Ann Marie. Family lore told me that even at the age of five Ann insisted she begin first grade one year early. The teacher (possibly Mrs. Goodman) at Eau Claire school agreed Ann was ready to begin her formal education.
Through out her life she also focused on the needs of others. I do not remember a time when she would put herself first - always there to give assistance, even at personal cost and never a complaint. It would have been in her nature, this past year, to have offered up her suffering for others.
A later than usual Spring gave her the opportunity to enjoy Grandma Incha's peonies. Grandma brought them with her from Poland in the very early 1900's. It was obvious that upon seeing them they brought her much comfort and joy. The lesson here is to never underestimate the power of a heirloom peony and the enduring love they represent.
Ann gave all who knew her a blueprint on how we should live our lives. Hopefully that includes the many students she nurtured for so many years. Her legacy lives on through her daughter, Sandra, and her grandchildren. Although she will be deeply missed she had a life we all can inspire to.
Fondly and with much love,
Little sister Alice