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Anne Chadesh Werth


Anne Chadesh Werth died in her home with her daughter Linda and son Rick at her side. She had enjoyed great food and the company of her children and many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren just a week prior to her passing.

Anne was born in Chicago to Stephen and Anna (Baricevac) Chadesh. Known for her beautiful voice, she sang briefly with bands there during the war years. She met Clarence Werth when they both worked at International Harvester during WWII. After a courtship during which "they danced a million miles", they were married on November 9, 1946, and immediately moved to Hays, Kansas, where she spent the next 60 years. She raised her family and supported her husband in his career as police officer and county sheriff. In those days sheriff's wives served as matrons and cooks in the county jail. Her experiences and those of other sheriff's wives of those times were included in B. J. Alderman's book "The Secret Life of the Lawman's Wife." She involved herself in many religious and civic organizations. Although she herself was proudly of Croatian descent, for the sake of her husband and children she actively participated in the Germans From Russia Heritage Society.

Retirement from Sears in 1987 did not stop her from volunteering her time and services to numerous organizations including the Ellis County historical Society which eventually brought her on in a paid position.

She moved to Longmont in 2009, three years after Clarence's death to be closer to family. She came to love Longmont and formed fast friendships among the wonderful people she met at the Longmont Senior Center and the Village Place Apartments. She embraced her time in Longmont volunteering at Visit Longmont and participating in as many Senior Center functions as she could fit into her calendar. She especially loved the writing class offered there which afforded her the opportunity to record her life's stories.

Preceeded in death by her father, mother, brother Edward, and daughter-in-law Susan Werth, she is survived by her daughter Linda (Kim) Gottschalk of Longmont, son Rick of Mora, NM, son Mark (Delvida Clarke) of Long Beach, CA, 10 grandchildren: Kristine, Sara, David (Julia), Krystal (Brandon Eicher), Shaun, and CJ Werth (Alisha) and Ethan (Viviana Mazza), Emily (Francisco Marques), Stephen (Elinor) and Anne (Kenneth Scott) Gottschalk, as well as three great-grandchildren.

A memorial and celebration of Anne's life will be held at Howe Mortuary, Longmont, on June 21st at 10am. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on August 16th, at 10am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hays, Kansas, with internment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Hays.

The family may be contacted at (785)625-3310. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman, Longmont, CO 80501, to Tru Community Hospice or the Longmont Senior Center.