Ann L. Howe

January 23, 1923December 30, 2018

Ann Louise Howe, 95, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Des Moines with private family interment in Cape Girardeau, MO at a later date. The family will greet friends starting at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Ann was born on January 23, 1923 in Cape Girardeau, MO to Charles and Nadine Reiker. On June 20, 1945 she married the love of her life and best-friend Albert. Ann was extremely creative in making flower arrangements. She also had a passion for sewing and made many clothes and stuffed animals. Ann loved her family and loved sharing her delicious baked goods with everyone she could.

She is the loving and devoted mother of Sally Howe, Patti (Robert) Polczynski, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Howe, Jennifer (Eric) Walters; proud grandma of Jessica (Andy) Schalk, Chad (Mayo) Neville, Joshua (Whitney) Neville, Brett (Kayla) Polczynski, Jeffrey Howe II, Gabriella Howe, Gianna Howe and Janell Walters; and cherished great-grandma of Nicole Schalk, Natalie Schalk, Piper Neville, Liam Neville and Sophia Dominguez; She is also survived by her sister-in-law Georgia Howe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Albert; parents; sister, Helen Reiker; brothers, Joe (Vivian) Reiker; and George (Helen) Reiker; and brothers-in-law Dave (Gussie) Howe, Paul (Rosemary) Howe and Gene Howe; and best four-legged friend, Alex.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Howe family.


  • Andy Schalk
  • Chad Neville
  • Josh Neville
  • Brett Polczynski
  • Robert Polczynski
  • Eric Walters
  • Jeffrey Howe, II


  • Funeral Mass Monday, January 7, 2019

Ann L. Howe

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Bonnie Smith

January 6, 2019

With the passing of Ann, our world has lost a jewell, but her light continues to shine on through her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Both Tom and I were blessed to have been able to call her our friend. We know she is with her beloved A.L. asking her family to celebrate as she rests in the arms of our Lord, Jesus. Thinking of you dear friends as you grieve the loss of you mother and grandmother. Bonnie and Tom Smith

Tom Bowen

January 3, 2019

Ann and Al were special friends and neighbors of my parents, Wayne and Pat Bowen. Even after my parents passed, my family and my brother, John, remained close to them. Though Ann has left us, we know she has joined Al in heaven - Tom and Charlene Bowen and family

Carol Jarozewski

January 3, 2019

My deepest sympathy to you at this time of sorrow. I pray for your comfort in the days ahead.
Meeting and talking to "Mom" was a joy.

Dawna O'Haver

January 2, 2019

I am very sorry for your loss. Ann Louise live a long happy life. As I mentioned to Patti - the draw from Heaven just grew too strong. May you all be comforted by fond memories.