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HENINGER, Ann (nee Littau)

July 12, 1920 – Oklahoma, USA
July 13, 2017 – Calgary, AB

Ann Heninger (nee Littau) was born July 12, 1920 in Major County, Cleo Township, Oklahoma to George and Anna (Siemens) Littau, passed away July 13, 2017. In 1928, Ann was just a young girl when her family and six other families left Oklahoma for a new life in Gladys Ridge, Alberta. The family moved to Vauxhall in 1935.
In 1940, Ann, went to work with her sister Mary, and brother John, at the Wesley farm in Conrad. When Mary left, Ann was now responsible for cooking for over twenty men. While working there, she met Ray Heninger, and worked for him for three years, helping raise Ray’s two children and taking care of all of the household chores. When they were married March 7, 1946, in Lethbridge Ann instantly became the mother of two children, John, now 9 and Viv, 10. For their honeymoon they went on a fishing trip (Ray’s choice!) to Vancouver. Hard work was no stranger for either of them, but they found time to be involved in community activities. Ann took an active part in the Wrentham Community Church and served as president of the Wrentham Ladies Welfare Circle. Both Ann and Ray enjoyed curling, and of course there was always time to help out a neighbour in need. Their family grew with the arrival of Richard in 1946 and Patricia in 1952. Ann was an excellent cook, her homemade bread (no bread machines back then!) and buns were much appreciated by all who had opportunity to partake. She maintained a large vegetable garden, and in the fall was kept busy canning peaches, cherries, pears, and making the best dill pickles.
Ray had a heart attack in 1966 which necessitated selling the farm and moving into Lethbridge. A few months after Ray passed away in 1984, Ann became quite depressed, and it took her several years to recover. With the help of a treatment program in Calgary, she was able to put these dark days behind her. She moved into a senior’s residence, at that time it was called Renoir, and she was the person they would ask to help any new residents become comfortable. While there she participated in several walk-a-thons for the Arthritis Society, receiving the trophy for raising the most amount of money. Health problems arose and she moved to Walden early December, 2012.

We, her family, are grateful for the care that she received at both of these residences, particularly the loving care from the staff at Walden, throughout her stay but especially the last while in palliative care. In 2014 mom was admitted to the South Health Campus, and at that time we were told she was dying. We laughed about this for the next 2 1/2 years.

Ann was a strong and resilient woman. Anyone who knew her enjoyed her quick wit and sense of humour.

Perhaps this poem, written by Vivian (likely 1946 for their wedding) says it best:

Here’s to Ann with eyes of brown,
On whose face there’s never a frown.
We hope she’ll have a pleasant life
Fishing and boating as Heninger’s wife
Washing and ironing and darning,
That certainly goes with farming.
But summer will come, and then we’ll be gay,
Off to Waterton on a bright summer’s day.

The family would be honored for you to come say good-bye to their beloved mother. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Graveside Service to follow at Archmount Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549,

In living memory of Ann Heninger, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Susan schwenke (Littau)

    My dear sweet auntie Ann, I remember as a young I would write letters to her, when I had got older she handed all the letters back to me, of course I had forgotten I had written them. I spent many summers at her house and aunti Mary’s helping around the house . My son Steven was born and his first visit from the hospital was auntie Ann’s for New Years dinner and to meet some of his relatives for the first time, she also gave me a hand made bassinet for Steven to sleep in till he grew out of it many wonderful and loving memories .. Will be ever in my heart ..

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  2. Laura Slingsby Sugimoto

    The ladies of the Wrentham Welfare Circle are gone now: Anne, Ruth, Marguerite, Marg, Mom. They were all such good and kind people. We miss them all.

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. Anne was a sweet and gentle woman.

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  3. Sharon Meidinger

    Our sincere sympathy in the loss of your Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma . She was a wonderful friend to our family and will be sorely missed by all of us.

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  4. May God Bless you and console you in your difficult time. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Carol-Lynn and John

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  5. Ruby Ingram Maarose

    Our hearts are saddened with the passing of your Mother. We think of her as being Ruth Greeno’s Best Friend.
    Our Sympathy is extended to her family and know she was so very much loved by so many people.

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  6. George and Marilyn Dell

    Ann was a very unique and lovely lady. Always enjoyed how much fun she was at family gatherings.She certainly will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to her family

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  7. To my cousins I just now read the notice and to say how deeply sorry
    I am. Oh the days when Dick and I would come to the farm to help
    harvest and how she and I would take a banquet out to the field for
    the men. To say she was a good cook is an understatement To see her and her sisters play horseshoes was a highlight of a reunion.
    So many memories that I now will tuck away in my memory box

    Much love from your cousin Phyl

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  8. Sherris Henley

    Ann was a model for what a Christian women should be, kind, loving, and caring. I will remember her fondly when I think of
    her working at Wrentham Community Church VBS, and other
    Church activities. It was always a treat when she came to visit
    Aunt Ruth and I happen to be there. My thoughts are with you
    Pat and your Family with deepest condolences.

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  9. I grew up with a wonderful friend Pat, and the huge bonus of her loving, fun, gentle, and caring mom Ann. Going to the farm to spend the night was the most fun! Over the years it was always a treat to visit Ann in Lethbridge, and then Calgary. She was a role model to take on life as circumstances changed, when times were good or challenging, always generous listening to what life is bringing others. I speak for all my family in saying that Ann was appreciated and loved. Our mom Jana counted her as a very good friend. We are very sorry to hear of Ann’s Passing. Dale, Garth, Kelly, Janet, Connie and Julie Rudd

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  10. Deepest sympathy to all. Love from Todd and Carol Philp and family.

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  11. Deepest sympathy from Todd and Carol Philp and family.

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  12. My deepest sympathies to Pat, Richard, Todd and the rest of the Heninger family on the loss of Ann.
    She was one of the stalwart women of the Wrentham community as I was growing up, she will be fondly remembered.

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  13. Colleen Grover

    Ann always called me ‘Grover’ and I called her ‘Heninger’; I believe this started when she came to our store in Wrentham for groceries. I very much enjoyed waiting on her and sharing a few stories about farming, weather or trips she and Ray had taken. I took the opportunity to visit Ann when I helped move a friend’s parents into the Renoir. It was a very pleasant and special visit.

    Sincere condolences to all the Heninger family. Mothers are special and always missed.

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  14. Mick and Angela Cooper

    Lovely Anne made it through past her birthday, showing the strength behind her tiny frame. We felt blest as soon as we got to meet her, her kindness, wit, sparkly smile always welcoming us. She was a true lady, and we will always celebrate her with affection every July 12th.
    Our deepest sympathies at this very sad time.

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  15. Patricia Gorham

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute to our dear Ann. She was a friend to all and I loved the special times I had to visit her when she would attend Campbell Stone United Church with Pat and Stan. She always greeted me with a hug and cared deeply about everyone around her. She was a fighter who made it through many challenges in life and I am so glad some were shared here. I will remember her if I have another bout with depression and know this wonderful lady fought through that battle too. God bless all of her dear family. Pat Gorham

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  16. Warren & MaryLee Jones

    Our sincere sympathy to Pat and your family on the passing of your mom. I remember your parents fondly as part of the wonderful Wrentham community, friends of mom and dad, and especially as part of the Community Church family.

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  17. Sincere sympathy is extended to Richard, Kathy, Pat, Stan and extended families in the passing of your Mother, Grand Mother and Great Grand Mother. Your loved one was loved and much appreciated by my family when we lived in Wrentham and a joy to visit in Calgary during our sojourn there.

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