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Ann Bateman

Ann Gordon Bateman

Monday, September 12th, 1938 - Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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Ann G. Bateman, 81, of Dublin, OH, formerly of Naperville, IL and summertime resident of Mears, MI, (Silver Lake) passed away peacefully in the early morning of December 28, 2019. An intrepid gardener, community organizer, award-winning photographer, talented pianist, and published author, Ann was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority at Purdue University, where she graduated in 1960 with a degree in English Education. After a summer at the University of Hawaii and graduate school at Michigan State, she taught English in Kenosha, WI and in Hinsdale, IL. Retiring from teaching to be a full-time mom, Ann became a much sought-after substitute teacher for the Naperville School District. Her “candy quizzes” were the highlight of many! While in Naperville, she headed up book sales and garage sales, sang in multiple choirs, served as editor of The American Iris Society, wrote for The Naperville Sun, served as head scorer of the Naper Carriage Hill swim team, and enjoyed years of friendships and professional dialogue with the Naperville Writers Group. After relocating to Dublin in 2007, she continued to enjoy book clubs, rummikub, gardening, designing and crafting beautiful homemade cards, the First Saturday breakfast group, and being near family. In both locations, she delighted in terrifying children of all ages on Halloween with her cackling, wart-nosed witch character! Every summer she spent time at her beloved Silver Lake, Michigan cottage where she treasured life-long, multi-generational friendships, especially with members of “da Row”. Ann loved the lake and passed on her love of it to her daughters and grandchildren. When friends asked, “What do you do up there?” she would reply, “Renew my soul.” Many Sunday evenings throughout the summer were spent at Little Point Sable Church singing at the hymn sings where “Dwelling in Beulah Land” was one of her favorite hymns. Sunset cruises on her boat, Bluebell, with her family, drinking a perfectly poured Guinness and singing “White Coral Bells” with her grandchildren were the perfect way to complete a day. A lifelong sailor and water skier, Ann made her last run at waterskiing the summer of 2019, much to the chagrin of her two daughters! As a patroness of the arts and athletics, she enthusiastically supported her six “extremely gifted, exceptionally good-looking grandchildren” Kathryn, David, William, Carolyn, Emily, and Jessica in their successes in academics and music, on the field, on the courts, on the track, on the stage, and in the pool. Lovingly known by all as “GranAnn”, she was their biggest fan. Above all, Ann treasured family and was determined, especially through her years battling breast cancer, to live, not just be alive; to do, not just be. “Still Vertical!” was her answer whenever anyone asked how she was doing. Every morning, she put on “lipstick and a smile” and faced her day with strength, dignity and grace, living out another of her own mottos, “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up”. Her daughters, Beth (Marshall) and Katy (Brown), along with her sons-in-law John and Steve, will miss her dearly. Her laughter, her stories (especially the one about the haunted house in Michigan!) and her well-lived life will be celebrated July 2020 on her Folly Beach at Silver Lake, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made in Ann’s name to Cozy Cat Cottage (http://cozycatcottage.org/) and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (https://bluelake.org/). Condolences may be shared with the family at Baker-Hazel & Snider Funeral Home https://www.bakerhazelsnider.com/.
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Julie McKeen

Posted at 05:25pm
Ann was a delightful woman and I enjoyed visiting with and getting to know her at the Little Point Sable hymn sings. Always smiling and gracious - she will definitely be missed. Garry and I extend our deepest sympathy to her family.
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David Ruedi

Posted at 10:00am
Ann has been a member of our extended Silver Lake family for our entire lives. We grew up with her infectious good humor and strong guidance. Everyone in our generation at the Lake benefited - from playing in the magical yard at the Folly when we were young to sitting and chatting on her screened porch in recent years, as well as her awesome appetizers at toddy time. Her influence will be felt for many years and she will be remembered.
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Marjorie Fox

Posted at 08:50pm
Ann and I met in the bathroom of the HILLIARD library. We called each other our bathroom buddies. What a privilege it was to know Ann. The last time I saw Ann she showed me a picture of her waterskiing when she was a teenager. She also was very proud of waterskiing last year. I will miss her. Marjorie Fox
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Cyntthia Vyszenski

Posted at 07:23pm
I had the pleasure and great fortune to meet Ann when she moved to Columbus. We soon learned we had lived blocks from each other in Naperville! Over the years we have shared fun times seeing movies at The Drexel, going to Otterbein plays or playing games and eating out. She was one of a kind Lady and lived life to the fullest. Please know that Ann and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Cynthia Vyszenski
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