Ann Carpenter died at home on August 24, 2021. Ann was born on June 2, 1946, to Elvin Artist (EA/Carp) and Ruth (Swartzel) Carpenter. She was raised in Ledyard, Iowa, where she played basketball and softball, and clarinet in the school band. Ann’s father and grandfather owned Carpenter and Son Hardware Store and sold Farmall equipment.
Ann graduated from Ledyard High School in 1964. She graduated from Iowa State in 1968, and was an avid Cyclone fan her entire life. Ann taught Spanish in Missouri Valley and Logan, ESL, in Laredo, Texas, and Spanish, ESL and GED in Council Bluffs. Ann also worked as the resource coordinator for the Presbytery of Missouri River Valley, and as a receptionist for the refugee and immigrant services office of Lutheran Family Services.
She was an accomplished musician, serving as organist at Broadway United Methodist Church, Council Bluffs for over 30 years. Ann was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, John Carpenter. She is survived by her spouse of 33 years, Marti Nerenstone. Ann and Marti shared extended families, love of music, animals and history, and many road trips together over the years. They committed to be life partners with each other in September of 1989, although it took the State of Iowa another 20 years to fully recognize that commitment.
In addition to her spouse, Ann is survived by parents-in-law, Bonnie and Robert Carlton; sisters-in-law, Shirley (Udstuen) Carpenter and Dr. Stacy Nerenstone (Mort Weinstein); brother-in-law, Peter Nerenstone; nieces, Darcy (Brian) Sitterly, Julie (Jim) Temple; nephews-in-law, Cory Cohen, Larry Cohen (Abby Krom), Isaac Cohen, Brett (Gerrie) Weinstein; niece-in-law, Kara (Jake) Morrow; nine great nieces and nephews; nine great-great nieces and nephews; childhood best friends, Sherry Klinksiek (Paul) Schaumburg and Dianne Waterhouse (Mike) McLaughlin; faithful furry companion, Riley, other extended family and many friends whose lives Ann touched over the years and miles.
A special thank you to hospice nurses, Patty and Meghan, and hospice aide, Amy for their help and support during the last several months.
Partial cremains burial was held on Monday, August 30th at 10:30 a.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery, Council Bluffs, with a Shiva observance at 6:30 p.m. that evening at Broadway United Methodist Church.
Additional cremains burial at a later date at Highland Home Cemetery in Ledyard. Visitation with the family, Saturday, September 11th from 1-3 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church. Memorial service, Sunday, September 12th at 2:00 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church.
The service will be in-person as well as live-streamed at https://broadwayunitedmethodist.com. Masks required for all indoor gatherings. Memorials are suggested to Broadway United Methodist Church, Midlands Humane Society in Council Bluffs, Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.
Bayliss Park Chapel