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HOLCOMBE — AnnaMarie Rank, 83, of Holcombe passed away peacefully Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at her home.

AnnaMarie was born Sept. 28, 1934, the daughter of Josef and Anna Balker in Munich Germany. AnnaMarie was united in marriage to Robert Allen Rank Nov. 14, 1957, in Munich Germany. They started their lives together in Germany as a family in the U.S. Army, often moving from country to country as Dad was changing duty stations. She lived in Germany, Italy, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Georgia in addition to Wisconsin, where Dad resided after retirement from the U.S. Army in 1975 and his death in 1996. Mom was a dedicated stay at home mother raising five sons. After Dad’s death, Mom and her sister-in-law, Bernice (Rank) Swanson lived together as both had recently lost their husbands and were more like sisters than sisters-in-law. Mom enjoyed working in her small garden and her flowers. Both Mom and Bernice enjoyed almost weekly visits to the Casinos at Turtle Lake and LCO. It was their “passion” to visit the one-armed bandits! She enjoyed many cats, and dogs over the years, and feeding the birds, deer and bunnies!

AnnaMarie is survived by her sons, Bill (Sue), Steve (Dawn), Scott and Bruce; grandchildren, James, Kadie, Marleana, Jessica and Tiera; and many great-grandchildren, her cousin, Helga Rieger and family of Passau Germany; and her cats, Crybaby, Mama and Tiger . She was preceded in death by her parents, Josef and Anna Balker; stepfather, Heine; her special aunt and uncle who raised her during the war years in Germany, Fanny and Xaver Scholz Spieglau Germany; husband, Robert; sister-in-law, Bernice and her husband, Clarence (Swanee) Swanson; son, James.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Flambeau, Wis., with Father Gerard Willger of Hayward officiating. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery, Holcombe following the services.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Borton-Leiser Funeral Home in Cornell and also one hour prior to the funeral Mass Friday morning at the church.

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