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Ann Ruth (Tetzlaff) Westart, age 77, of Big Rapids, passed away Monday, November 14, 2016.  She was born on April 11, 1939 in Big Rapids, the daughter of Arthur L. and Emma Marie (Swanson) Tetzlaff, Sr.


Ann graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1957 and earned her bachelor’s degree in 1975 and master’s degree in 1993 in accounting from Ferris State.  


Prior to college, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1958, serving until 1961.  While in the Navy she won the All Navy Women’s Tennis Championship, having her picture taken with General , later President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.  Ann worked in the accounting department at Ferris from 1987, retiring as Senior Staff Accountant in 2005. She volunteered in many capacities at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, her favorite being MOPS.


Ann stayed active in retirement participating in senior games, swimming, tennis and yoga.

She is survived by one daughter, Rhonda, of Henderson, NV; one granddaughter, Natasha (Art Tierce) Westart of McMinnville, OR; nine brothers and sisters, Jim Tetzlaff of Twin Falls, ID, Tom (Nancy) Tetzlaff of East Lansing, MI, Karin (Steve) Poulos of Deerfield, IL, Neil (Lillian) Tetzlaff of Reed City, MI, Ted (Carol) Tetzlaff of Grand Island, FL, Terry (Phylis) Tetzlaff of Clearwater, FL, Mary Kellogg of Gardner, KS, Art (Peggy) Tetzlaff of Big Rapids, MI, and Lynn (Terry) LeGrow of Ronan, MT; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents and John L. Westart, the father of her daughter.

A memorial service for Ann will be at 12 noon, Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids, with Pastor John Bookshaw officiating.  Her family will greet friends beginning at 11:00 a.m.  

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