Muehlig Funeral Chapel

403 South Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI


Anna Vardigan

January 25, 1977July 29, 2020

Anna Alaine Vardigan, age 43, passed away at her home in the embrace of her loving family on July 29. She was born January 25, 1977, in Ann Arbor, MI, to John and Mary (Bisdee) Vardigan.

Anna graduated from Huron High School in 1995 and worked at Hollywood Video in customer service and at the Center for Independent Living as a receptionist. She volunteered at Ann Arbor Adult Day and Respite Care and Huron Woods Memory Care Facility as a patient companion, where she brightened the lives of many with her infectious smile and kind manner.

Anna loved animals of all kinds, especially dolphins, monkeys, and birds. She enjoyed backyard birdwatching, especially the woodpeckers, and visiting local parks -- Gallup Park was her favorite. Anna was inspired by the mission of Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), which rescues, rehabilitates, and releases dolphins and other sea creatures, and she symbolically adopted Winter, a dolphin who was rescued by the CMA and given a prosthetic tail.

Anna loved traveling to the Upper Peninsula every summer to spend time with family at her grandparents’ cabin on the Escanaba River and along the shores of Lake Michigan. She also loved country music, and a highlight of her life was attending a Shania Twain concert in Las Vegas and meeting Shania backstage for a photo after the event.

Throughout her life Anna faced many serious health challenges, including most recently multiple myeloma, diagnosed in 2017. Despite this, Anna was positive and upbeat, living life in the moment. Her beautiful beaming smile, wry sense of humor, and sweet and gentle presence were gifts to the world.

Anna is survived by parents Mary and John Vardigan, brother Benj and his wife Kylie Johnston (Minneapolis, MN), and grandmother Ora Vardigan (Marquette, MI) as well as numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her aunt Jody Bisdee and grandparents Betty and Bill Bisdee and Paul Vardigan.

Due to current COVID-19 risks, the family will not be hosting a large-group celebration of Anna’s life at this time. If you would like to visit with the family at their home (outdoors) in a socially-distanced way this summer, please email Anna’s mother Mary (vardiganm@gmail.com).

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Anna’s memory can be made to the International Myeloma Foundation or the Clearwater (FL) Marine Aquarium.


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Arun Mathur

August 5, 2020

Dear Mary and John,
I'm so sorry for your loss. You're in my thoughts and I hope you take comfort in being surrounded by the love of all of us who are lucky to know you.
With sympathy and love,

Sarajane Winkelman

August 4, 2020

Dear Mary and John,
I can still see the joy and smiles Anna had at Benj’s wedding. She was so engaged and happy. I am so sorry for all of you.

Sarah and Danny Rowe/Anglin

August 4, 2020

Dear Mary and John,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. May you find peace in the love and treasured memories you shared throughout the years.

Sarah and Danny Anglin

Ann Jastrzembowski

August 4, 2020

Dear Mary and family,

I am so sorry for your loss of Anna. She sounds like a wonderful person who brought love and light everywhere she went.

My thoughts and prayers are with all who love her.


Erin Dowding

August 4, 2020

I am deeply sad to hear of Anna's passing. She was a ray of light and all of my times and communications with Anna brought a smile to my face and reminded me of what a bright light she was. I count myself lucky to have known her and know she was enveloped in love always.

Susan Leonard

August 4, 2020

Dear Mary,

I am so sorry for your loss. Your daughter sounds like a very wonderful person. I can't imagine how much you will miss her.


Johanna Bleckman

August 3, 2020

Mary and John, I am so deeply sorry. Love to you and your family and everyone who loves Anna.

Bobray Bordelon

August 3, 2020

Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your daughter. Bobray Bordelon

Wendi Fornoff

August 3, 2020

Dear Mary & John,
Anna was special. I'll miss going to the movies all together and meeting up for breakfast at Afternoon Delight. For the 43 years that Anna was on this earth, she could not have had a better family or been surrounded by more love. I hope you find peace.

B J Sullivan

August 3, 2020

Dear Mary and John,

I was so sorry to hear of your loss of Anna. I know that you both/all were so dedicated to her life and happiness. I hope it comforts you knowing that the ways you ALWAYS had her life, her needs, her struggles, her growth, her creativity, her happiness as a priority was a key part of the long and full life she lived. She was so lucky to be so well loved and so much a part of a wonderful family. Her loss leaves such a big hole...but fortunately, you are a good and strong family still, and I wish you all the very best as you adjust to the very unfortunate loss of your very well loved daughter. My thoughts are with you all.

Very sincerely, BJ Sullivan


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