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Anne (Hartman) Horstman, 77, of Eden Prairie, MN, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. Born on December 6, 1944, in Fort Wayne, IN, to the late Edward and Wilhelmina (Niemeyer) Hartman, she grew up in Fort Wayne and graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School in 1962. After graduating from Valparaiso University in 1966, she married Randall Horstman in 1967.
Anne had a decades long winning streak in backgammon against Randy, seeming to roll doubles on command when needed, and was unrivaled in family games of “Garbage” which is a type of rummy where you try to meld combinations of runs and 3-of-a-kinds until mom would go out. She was a talented seamstress who happily sewed clothes and book bags and Halloween costumes for her children in the ’70s and intricate designs on to sweatshirts in the ’80s. She had a lifelong love affair with water, with swimming in college, summers at the lake cottage on Lake George as she raised her children, and winters on Amelia Island in retirement. She was a Midwesterner who was never far from a beach, and in the pool every day she could manage.
Sweet to Randy’s salty, she was known to secure ready access to cookies, ice cream, or other treats at any time of day (or night!), and showed her children early on that sometimes cookies were best eaten with a spoon right from the bowl. She loved books and movies about sports and watching sports on TV, especially Indiana University basketball, but she wasn’t picky. She was known to be more informed about the current Tour de France standings than a 70-year-old from Fort Wayne, IN has any right to be. Above all, she loved God and devoted many hours volunteering at church and leading Bible studies, not counting the hours her children waited for her after Sunday services, which she always seemed to be the last to leave.
Anne leaves behind her spouse, Randy, children, Peter Horstman (Kirsten), David Horstman Olson (Aimee), and Laura Gennrich (Matt), 8 grandchildren, beloved brothers Steve and Phil, and numerous friends from anywhere she lived for more than five minutes.
Because Anne split her time in later years between Minnesota and Florida, we are planning two memorial services. The first memorial service will be held in Fernandina Beach, Florida at the Oxley-Heard funeral home chapel on Thursday, 12/30 at 1:00 pm. A further memorial service will be planned in Minnesota in January or February. In lieu of flowers, please donate in her memory to a hospice or charity of your choice.
The memorial service for Thursday 12-30 at 1:00 pm has been cancelled at the family's request.
OXLEY-HEARD FUNERAL DIRECTORS
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Lauren and Conrad Sharps
Randy, Conrad and I wish to share our sympathy in the loss of Anne. I attended the Chapel Women's Bible study a couple of years ago but have been unable to go in recent years due to my work schedule. I got to know Anne there and shared a few ladies lunches with her. She was always a joyful, smiling person and contributed to the study with such thoughtful insights. I remember she recently offered to help look after our musician's little ones during worship - they would have been spoiled well no doubt. Please join us at Chapel as soon as you are able. May God bless and keep you!
Karen & Dan Thurston
Dearest Randy, We were so sorry to read that Anne had passed. We so much enjoyed seeing you two each year when we arrived. We could always tell it was you and Anne coming down the beach. We could recognize your walks after a few years. We always looked for you. Our talks about kids, Coldwater, eating places, etc was always so enjoyable from year to year. I loved talking to Anne over the fence at the Pelican. Both of you will be in our thoughts each time we walk the beach.
Although I knew Anne for a very brief time, sharing our Tuesday morning lady’s Bible Study Group at the Amelia Chapel, I loved reading all of her delightful attributes here today. Thank you for writing about the gal we all throughly embraced and cared for. Surely she is at peace and in her heavenly home. May God rest her soul.
I am so saddened to hear of the loss of Anne. She was a wonderful member of our Bible class at the Amelia chapel. We will all miss her so much. It is a loss for us all. The Lord has blessed us all through Anne.
Kent. Kendra and Kurt Shady
Randy and family, we are so sorry for your loss of Anne. May the Lord comfort you during this time. May you also find comfort in all your memories of Anne. Our parents, Phyllis and Clyde Shady passed away in 2020.