Anna J. Kibler Willard Photo

Anna L. Kibler Willard, age 99, of Pike County, IL, formerly of Dwight, IL passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at Evenglow Inn in Pontiac, IL.  She was born on September 8, 1919, in Pittsfield, Illinois, to Wesley and Flora Shadel Kibler.  She would have been 100 this September. Ann married her high school sweetheart Glenn Willard July 7, 1939, while Glenn was attending Western State Teachers College in Macomb.  They eloped to Ft. Madison, Iowa and began their lives together. 

During high school, Ann moved to town and lived with her Grandmother and Grandfather Shadel and went back to the farm on weekends.  Ann and Glenn were married 45 years, living in 10 states and 20 cities in those 45 years.  They spent many summers in Colorado and loved to travel in their camper.  Fond memories were made with good friends Bob and Lily Rambo, Louisville, KY, Bob and Oma Corder, Kirksville, MO and Dale and Edna Windmiller, Griggsville, IL.  Glenn died unexpectedly July 16, 1984, 35 years ago. Her grandson, Brent said, “Imagine what a celebration that has been this week when they were reunited once again! I hope I can hear that story someday!”  With 2 busy daughters, Ann was a very active lady helping with PTA, Girl Scouts, and she loved every minute.  Walt Cate owner of Cate Oil Company in Pittsfield hired Ann as head bookkeeper.  She loved working and began a fulfilling career.   She was employed at Dr. Richard Hull’s Veterinary Clinic in Griggsville for many years.  In 1965 Ann, Glenn and Nancy moved to Dwight, Illinois, where Ann was the secretary at the Dwight Grade School. She was a member of the Dwight Women’s Club and active in community affairs.

In 1979 Ann and Glenn retired and came back home to Pittsfield.  Glenn wanted to hunt quail with his brothers and fish.  Ann loved to fish and was a great cook for all the game that landed in her kitchen.  She was an expert seamstress.  Ann rejoined her bridge club after 14 years with the same Griggsville ladies.  She loved quilting and met many friends using a needle and thread.  She was a member of the Pittsfield United Methodist Church, P.E.O. Sisterhood, and the Pittsfield Garden Club.

Ann was an avid NBA fan especially the Chicago Bulls.  On Sundays after church the bridge ladies would have lunch, play some good bridge but when the Bulls game came on the TV the ladies would cease the card game and enjoy watching Michael Jordan and friends.

In 2007 Ann made the difficult decision to leave her many friends here in Pike County and move near her daughter Nancy and Richard and their families.  Her home for the last 12 years has been at the Evenglow Lodge and Inn in Pontiac, Illinois, where she participated in creative activities and called Evenglow Inn her home and the staff became like family.  All of Ann’s life, she was a strong woman and a faithful friend.

She is survived by two daughters, Lindalyn (husband, R.J.) Nelson of La Junta, CO and Nancy (husband, Richard) Sulzberger of Verona, IL; grandchildren, Lori (husband, Mike) Carden of Cypress, TX, Lisa (husband, Bob) Bamber of Swink, CO, Guy (wife, Lindsey) Sulzberger of Lemont, IL, Brent (wife, Carrie) Sulzberger of Verona, IL, Kyle (wife, Amanda) Sulzberger of Coal City, IL, and Max (wife, Brooke) Sulzberger of Dwight, IL; great grandchildren, Bryn Carden, Madelyn Bamber, Jake Sulzberger, Sam Sulzberger, Alex Sulzberger, Tyler Sulzberger, Zack Sulzberger, Ava Sulzberger, Livia Sulzberger, Reed Sulzberger, Addison Sulzberger, and Shayley Sulzberger; sister-in-law and close friend for over 75 years, Isabelle Willard of Pittsfield, IL; nieces and nephews, Kay McKinney of Elmhurst, IL, Dr. Bob (wife, Judy) Willard of Springfield, IL, Rick (wife, Ginger) Willard of Bloomington, IL, Anita Atherton (husband, Don) Morlan of Columbus, OH, Roger (wife, Marilyn) Atherton of Ojai, CO, Carolyn Phillips of Plymouth, IL, Marty (husband, Rich) Freudenberger of Bartlett, IL, Sue Willard of Pittsfield, IL,  and Lynn Willard of Roanoke, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Willard; parents, Wesley and Flora Kibler; her sister, Helen (husband, Roy) Atherton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wayne (wife, Helen) Willard, Merle (wife, Ellen Mary) Willard, Ed Willard, Frances (husband, Darold) Sinclair, and Helen (husband, Robert) Robinson; and nephews, Donnie Willard, Eddy Joe Willard, and Roy Atherton.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM at the Pittsfield United Methodist Church in Pittsfield, IL and the family will be greeting family and friends prior to the service from 10:00 AM until time of service.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  A visitation will be held Friday, April 19, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield, IL.  Memorials are suggested to the Evenglow Inn, Pittsfield United Methodist Church, Alzheimer’s Association, or Donor’s Choice.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.