Ann Frances Lietz
October 20, 1933 – May 3, 2021
Ann Frances Lietz died peacefully on May 3, 2021, near to the family and caregivers who loved her dearly. She went peacefully into the Lord’s embrace, aided by her loving family and caregivers at Sunrise Senior Living in Boulder, Colorado, who cared for her with love and compassion in her last days.
Ann was born on October 20, 1933 in Marcus, Iowa, to Marilyn and Lawrence Swanson. She and her older brother Robert grew up in a loving, large extended family in the farming communities of northwest Iowa. After graduation from Marcus High School, Ann left the farm to attend Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in Home Economics. With her teaching certificate in hand, she began her first teaching job in Estherville, Iowa, where she met the love of her life, Darrell Lietz, who was teaching English and coaching at the same school. As Darrell recalls, he was smitten the first time he saw Ann, by her beauty, her grace, and her gentle charm. They were married for nearly 64 years.
Together, Ann and Darrell moved to new teaching positions in Davenport, Iowa, where Darrell taught English, coached junior high sports, and scrambled to make ends meet. Ann taught Home Economics and they established a home just big enough for the baby girl who would soon follow. As was the practice in those days, Ann had to stop teaching once her pregnancy was known, and she devoted herself to raising her daughter, Pamela Rene, and then their son, Christopher Scott. Soon the family moved to a larger house where Ann made a beautiful and loving home for her family using her considerable homemaking skills. Darrell equipped Ann with a sewing room in the basement, and for many years she sewed clothing for herself and Pamela. Every garment was crafted to perfection. Ann was an especially talented baker, known for impossibly flaky pie crust with perfectly crimped edges, and a continuous supply of homemade cookies that could always be found in Tupperware above the refrigerator.
Ann is survived by her brother, Robert Swanson of Naperville, Illinois. She leaves behind her loving husband, Darrell Albert Lietz, originally from Maquoketa, Iowa and now residing in Boulder, as well as daughter Pamela Rene Berneking (David) of Lampe, MO, son Christopher Scott Lietz (Marlys) of Boulder, CO, grandchildren Ettie Berneking (Ryan Kelly), Ethan Berneking (Ashley), Emma Lietz Bilecky (Tyler), Calvin Lietz and Clara Lietz.
The family is grateful for the love and care of so many people who have lifted Ann up in her journey with Alzheimer's, supported Darrell, and encouraged all of us.
Memorials can be made to the Ridgecrest Foundation, 4130 Northwest Blvd, Davenport, IA 52806 or to the Alzheimer's Association.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Ann Frances Lietz
May 19, 2021
I am sad to hear of Ann's passing. Ann was one of the first residents I met when I started at Ridgecrest Village and she immediately invited me into their apt (T509), offered me something to drink and introduced me to Darrel. The last couple years were rough on this loving lady and her family. No matter what took place she was always wanting to be with Darrel. He was her rock and she rested easier with him. Ann and I would talk of that day she welcomed me. I always held Ann in the highest regards. Rest easy lovely lady. I will remember you always.
May 6, 2021
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. My parents, Kermit and Ginny Clingman were good friends thru St John's Church and i knew both Ann and Darrell thru them as well.
May 5, 2021
Mr. Lietz(a former boss of mine), I am saddened that your wonderful Ann has passed on. Praise God you will be with her in time. I especially remember that you and Ann were wonderfully gracious and dependable when asked to be Greeters at St. John's.
May 5, 2021
My condolences to Darrell and family. I enjoyed knowing them thru St. John’s. They were always willing to usher when I would call.
Bill & Betty Stone
May 5, 2021
You and Ann had a wonderful life together - so many beautiful memories. We often think of our trip with you and others to Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Those were some great times!
With deep condolences,
Betty & Bill Stone