Ann Trantow

Ann Eleise Trantow

Friday, January 20th, 1928 - Friday, May 1st, 2020
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Ann Eleise Wiegardt was born in Nahcotta, Washington 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, Washington, 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, Dr. Michael Trantow (wife, Lynn Krayer Trantow) of Wenatchee, Leslie Trantow Tarbert (husband, Dan Tarbert) of East Wenatchee and Janice Trantow Merlino (husband, Greg Merlino) of Seattle. 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, and her great grandchildren, twins Kaia & Beckett Oliver and Sienna Barnes. Ann is also survived by her younger brother Dobby (wife, Lila Wiegardt), in Ocean Park.

Sadly, John passed away in 2009, but Ann was lucky to have a large network of friends in Quincy 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 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 or the Quincy Senior Center.

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Scharbach’s Columbia Funeral Chapel, Quincy is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Pamela Barrow

Posted at 02:41pm
My husband Glenn and I loved Ann and considered her one special lady. She was always cheerful and gracious, even when she didn't feel all that well towards the end of her life on earth. We will miss our visits with her in her kitchen watching her birds with Mexican cookies and ice tea always on hand for a treat. She graced our Senior Center with her presence at dinner, chat and stitch and anything else that was interesting to her and most of all to see friends. She was a member of our Historical Society and loved to come to all the concerts, presentations and member meetings. We miss her but know she's with her kitties and birds in Heaven and who knows is still knitting up a storm. Our condolences go out to her family who loved and took such good care of her.

Alice Parker

Posted at 11:43am
My condolences to all the family of Ann Trantow. She was such a classy lady and so friendly. I first met Ann when my late husband was under the care of Dr. Trantow. Later I got better acquainted with her while I was working at the Sandhill Crane Festival. She attended every year she could. One year she wasn't able to attend so I bought a Festival t-shirt for her so she could add to her collection. She was so thrilled that I would do that for her. I was extremely happy to be able to do that for such a kind and sweet lady. She is now reunited with a very special person also, Dr. Tranton. May she Rest In Peace.
My Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you. Alice Parker, Royal City


Posted at 04:57pm
I meant Ann at the Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello in 2007. She was talking with Bruce Bjornstad at a book signing, and he pointed out that I, too, was from Quincy. We became great friends over the years.I spent many an hour in her kitchen enjoying coffee (which she wanted to heat up a million times during my stay!), took her to many Wen. Val Erratics meetings, where she always took notes, coffee with Kathy Woods while Wilf was still alive because she always wanted to meet Wilf's wife. Chat & Stitch when it was at The Cambridge where she would brighten the resident's lives. She always brought "Mexican cookies" no matter what else was available for treats "just in case there weren't enough". I'll never look at a wafer cookie again without thinking of Ann. I talked with her every week and am so glad I got to visit her the week before she passed. A VERY special, lovely, charming lady. Ken and I will miss her.

Jim Manly

Posted at 01:17pm
Sad to hear of the passing of Ann. She was a grand lady and someone you could be proud of, to call her a friend.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Jim Manly

Karen (Kip) Parsons

Posted at 07:03pm
First of all, I love this photo of Ann and John. They were two of the most gracious people I've ever known and I will keep them in my heart forever. I have so many wonderful memories of the two of them, together and separately. Lynn, Michael, Leslie, and Janice, my thoughts and prayers are with you, now. Your mom has been loved by many and she will be dearly missed. One of the last times I saw her was at an FCAD parade downtown Quincy. I have no idea what year, but it doesn't seem that long ago, maybe 2016? She was flitting about, greeting everyone on the street with her graceful stride, infectious smile, dancing eyes, and abundnant kindness. I was so happy to see her that day.

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