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Dr. Ann Brandenburg-Schroeder

Dr. Ann Brandenburg-Schroeder, known to her friends as Anna or “ABS”, passed away at her home in Lakewood, CO on her 73rd birthday, June 28, 2021. Ann was born at Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, Iowa to Irma Catherine (Neppl) and Clements James Brandenburg formerly of Armstrong and Swea City, and most recently Bancroft. She was the second of nine children in the family.

Ann attended public elementary school in Armstrong, Iowa, and graduated high school from St. Benedict’s Prep in St. Joseph, MN. She attended Duchesne College of the Sacred Heart in Omaha and Metropolitan State College in Denver. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from CSU College of Veterinary Medicine in Fort Collins, CO. During her career as a veterinarian she ran an emergency veterinary clinic in Arvada, CO, and later established Beside Still Water, pioneering in at-home pet euthanasia. Ann served as President of the Colorado Veterinary Medicine Association from 1993-1994. Ann’s career as a veterinarian led her to be involved in many aspects of human/animal bonds and numerous volunteer activities, including with the Denver Zoo.

In 1969 Ann married John Schroeder in Denver; they later divorced. In 2014 she married her long-term companion, Dr. Richard M. Wright.
Ann was an avid gardener and practiced yoga throughout her life. She also enjoyed rock-climbing, journaling and collecting Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls. One rarely saw her without a stylish hat to complete her ensemble.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents Irma and Clem, her husband Richard and older brother Stephen. She is survived by her siblings David Brandenburg and his wife Melinda of Bella Vista, AR; Bernard Brandenburg and his wife Rose of Ash Flat, AR; Lea Dau and her husband Arlen of Cumberland, RI; Neil Brandenburg and his wife Jane of Fenton, IA; Lora Rahe and her husband Tim of New Ulm, MN; Alan Brandenburg of Algona, IA; and Wendy Buchholz and her husband Tiger, of Bellevue, NE. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Kristin Brandenburg, Stephen’s widow, of Armstrong, IA; 32 nieces and nephews, 62 great nieces and nephews, 7 great great nieces and nephews . . . and counting.
A celebration of Ann’s life will take place on September 19 in Lakewood, CO and a private inurnment for family will be held in October in Ouray, CO.
Ann died of ALS and has established a non-profit, Raggedy Clan, to provide accessible housing for people with ALS and for their immediate families. Information can be found at or

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