August 18, 1927 – September 22, 2019
Ann Gestie Chappuis passed away peacefully on September 22nd, 2019 surrounded and comforted by her family. Born on August 18,1927 in Fargo, North Dakota, she was the daughter of Emory and Gladys Quinn Gestie. Ann always credited her love of flowers and gardening to her father who made his living as a florist. After graduating from Fargo High School in 1945, she moved to Ann Arbor to attend the University of Michigan. Ann’s first year on campus was special because she lived with her Aunt Edie and Uncle Arnie Kuethe, who was an Engineering Professor. During the next three years, Ann was active in the Delta Gamma Sorority and in 1949 graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Ann married her college sweetheart, Bob Chappuis and celebrated 63 years of marriage before his death in 2012. His involvement with Michigan football led to a lifelong family tradition of tailgating and comradery around football Saturdays in Ann Arbor.
After graduation, Ann and Bob moved to Chicago where Bob briefly played professional football. They then moved to South Bend, Indiana where their four children were born and lasting friendships were made. Eventually, they made their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana where they lived for 45 years. During this time, Ann was actively involved in many community, charitable and social organizations. Her PEO sisters were especially important to her and she remained active with this organization throughout her life and wherever she lived. Ann and Bob eventually moved back to Ann Arbor in 2003, the city where they had so many fond memories and friends.
Ann had a wide variety of interests including the stock market and current events. She loved antiquing and was an avid reader. Some of her greatest memories were of her travels throughout the world with friends and family, however, she especially cherished her time spent with her grandchildren in Vero Beach, Fla. Ann lived a life full of love and laughter. She will be missed by many, but especially by her children and grandchildren: Mary McCord (Jim), Rob Chappuis (Jill), Mark Chappuis (Cindy), Betsy Wilson (Rob) along with 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.
Memorials can be sent to: Michigan League: 911 N. University Ann Arbor, 48109 The Center for the Education of Women (CEW): 330 E. Liberty St Ann Arbor, 48104.
A Memorial Service at 11am on Friday, November 1st at the First Presbyterian Church, 1432 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48104, it will be followed by a reception at the City Club at 1830 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor.
1st Presbyterian Church of Ann Arbor
1432 Washtenaw Ave