Ann Eleise Wiegardt was born in

Nahcotta, WA, on January 20, 1928, to

Adolph and Lesa Wiegardt and passed away

due to natural causes on May 1, 2020. Ann

was the middle child with an older sister,

Susie, and a younger brother, Dobby, Jr.

Ann was raised at home in Nahcotta/Ocean Park, WA, and she

grew up working hard on the shores of the Willapa Bay, and in the

family-owned cannery, packing clams and oysters.

She went to college at WSU and joined Delta Gamma, where

she was recruited into the sorority’s founding pledge class, by Pat

Spohn Stansfield. A die-hard Cougar and Delta Gamma, Ann

always put her WSU beanie on the front door for Thanksgiving’s

Apple Cup weekend, and attended a lifetime of DG sister

reunions.

Ann earned a degree in Education from WSU and taught

school in Vancouver, WA. Ann met Dr. John Trantow, a talented

young physician from Kelso, WA. They married, and then left the

rain of the coast for the sun of Quincy. Ann and John raised four

kids at the family home, one mile north of Quincy, all of whom

graduated from Quincy High and the UW. Dr. John and the kid’s

UW loyalties made for fun banter at family get-togethers. Ann and

John had a fabulous circle of friends in Quincy and surrounding

towns, and were grateful for the friendships and professional

relationships they enjoyed in the community.

Ann enjoyed nature and was an avid bird watcher. Ann and

John put a lot of miles into birding, boating on Lake Roosevelt,

along with many other locations, and enjoyed learning about the

geology of Central Washington. They also enjoyed sports with

their kids as a family, fishing, hunting, water and snow skiing, and

playing tennis. Ann was solid on the slopes of Mission Ridge and

on the tennis courts. While John was a busy physician, Ann was a

busy homemaker, and they are survived by their four children:

Lynn Trantow of East Wenatchee, WA, Dr. Michael Trantow (wife,

Lynn Krayer Trantow) of Wenatchee, WA, Leslie Trantow Tarbert

(husband, Dan Tarbert) of East Wenatchee, WA, and Janice

Trantow Merlino (husband, Greg Merlino) of Seattle, WA. Ann’s

grandchildren are: Patrick Tarbert, Sarah Barnes (husband, Joel

Barnes), Rebecca Tarbert, Emily Oliver (husband, Mike Oliver),

Monica Trantow, Claire Anderson, Sophia Merlino, Jane Merlino;

great-grandchildren: twins, Kaia and Beckett Oliver, and Sienna

Barnes. Ann is also survived by her younger brother, Dobby (wife,

Lila Wiegardt), in Ocean Park, WA.

Sadly, John passed away in 2009, but Ann was lucky to have a

large network of friends in Quincy, and to remain at the family

home for many years. She stayed busy with the Presbyterian

Church, knitting, Senior Center, Erratics Group, bird watching,

book group, Habitat for Humanity, you name it. She loved people

and always stayed busy!

Ann moved to a house in Sunrise East in East Wenatchee, WA,

to be close to her children and receive extended care. Ann

passed away peacefully, with beauty and grace, in her East

Wenatchee home surrounded by family. She is now flying with the

birds, reuniting with family past and friends, and looking at all the

stray cats she saved.

Memorials can be made to the Quincy Reiman-Simmons

House at https://www.quincywashington.us/224/The-Reiman-

Simmons-House or the Quincy Senior Center, 522 F St. SE,

Quincy, WA, 98848.

Please leave a memory for the family or sign their online

guestbook at www.scharbachs.com. Scharbach’s Columbia

Funeral Chapel, Quincy, WA, is assisting the family with

arrangements.

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