Celebrating the life of Anna M. Detweiler
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Funeral services will be held Friday, October 08, 2021, 10:00 AM at the Crown Hill Mennonite Church, Rittman, Ohio. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery. The family suggests donations may be directed to Crown Hill Mennonite Church.
Anna was born to Dennis and Edna Blough Zimmerly on August 13, 1930. She attended a one room country school for four years, graduating from Sterling High School in 1948.
After graduating high school, she attended Goshen College where she received a B.S in Nursing. For 3 years she worked at Wooster Community Hospital as a Home Care Nurse.
In 1957 she answered the call to work as a Missionary Nurse among the Choctaw Indians in Mashulaville, Mississippi. For 23 years she poured out her heart and soul nursing, teaching, mentoring and loving.
In 1980 the Mennonite Board of Missions asked Ann to help out with a small struggling hospital in LaJara Colorado, this is where she worked until her marriage to Rudy Detweiler on March 31, 1991.
After their marriage she moved near his home in Burton, Ohio. Much of their retirement years were spent doing service projects, 6 years were spent as resident managers at the Crown Hill Manor near Rittman, Ohio. Ann had 8 stepchildren, 22 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren (all survive). She enjoyed playing games and being a grandmother and great grandmother. Rudy passed away May 29, 2010.
Ann is survived by sisters, Velma Zimmerly-Shoup and Twila Zimmerly, a brother Dennis (Lois) Zimmerly, and sister in law Ila Zimmerly (Jacob), all of Sterling, along with nieces and nephews.
Her sister, Evelyn Zimmerly and a brother Jacob Zimmerly preceded her in death.
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