Ann Carolyn Kahler, a longtime resident of Yelm and Tacoma, Washington, peacefully passed away from this life on Dec. 5, 2021, at the age of 94.
Ann was born in La Grande, Oregon, on Nov. 10, 1927, and spent much of her youth in Omaha, Nebraska. Her family moved to Tacoma, Washington, in her junior year of high school. She completed her high school years at Lincoln High School and went on to attend the University of Puget Sound. There, she met her husband, and they were married on Aug. 3, 1947.
Ann was a musician and teacher to many students of piano, organ and flute in the Tacoma, Olympia and Yelm areas over her lifetime. She performed at many people’s life events, accompanied soloists, served at several churches, was a member of a jazz band and served as president of the Tacoma Ladies Musical Society.
Ann’s passions for music were matched only by her passion for her family and love of God. She frequently drove to Utah to attend BYU Annual Education Week as a member of the church. She also enjoyed traveling, learning, reading, nature, nutrition and technology.
She served more than 28 years at the state of Washington Department of Ecology, only recently retiring at age 88. After retiring, she fulfilled a dream to visit her grandmother’s village in Finland, to include Norway and Sweden. Bringing her trekking poles along, she walked through many towns and experienced wonderful sights.
She also found great peace in the outdoors and treasured her memories of Wallowa Lake and time spent at the cabin there with family. During her final months, she dreamt often of that special place for her, saying she was joining “everyone” “up at the lake” making lemonade.
We are sure she’s now with those who passed before her, including her parents, Ralph and Mary Winters (Groupe), her husband Frank “Jack” Kahler, her two siblings Ralph (Verna and Patricia) Winters, Jeanne (Melvin) Sanders, two sons Timothy and Theodore and two granddaughters Patricia and Shawni.
She is survived by four children: Michael (Georgia), Jacqueline, Carolyn (Michael) and Kathleen (Patrick), and was blessed with knowing the love of her 18 grandchildren, more than 18 great-grandchildren and more than eight great-great grandchildren.
Celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 16, 2022, at the Yelm Community Methodist Church 408 Second St. SE, Yelm, Washington.