GILBERTSVILLE — Anne Rosenblatt Gehring, 68, of Gilbertsville, Ky., died on July 31, 2012, following a valiant three-year battle with ovarian cancer.
Anne’s time on earth was much too short, but in the time God gave her to us, she left a legacy of faith, family, generosity, dignity and grace. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. One of her friends noted that she was always busy because everyone wanted her attention. She made each person she was with feel important. She was great fun to be with, and she brought joy to many, many lives.
Born on August 22, 1943, Anne grew up in Evansville, Ind., where she graduated from Reitz Memorial High School and St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing. After working as a nurse for several years in Evansville, she moved to Houston where she worked at the Texas Institute of Rehabilitation and Research. It was in Houston that she met the love of her life, Grant. After Grant’s graduation from medical school, the couple moved to San Antonio, Texas, where Grant was in the Air Force and Anne became a stay-at-home mom.
In 1977, they returned to Indiana where Grant joined the Urology Group of Vincennes. Anne was an active volunteer at Flaget and Rivet schools, Saint John’s Catholic Church and the Knox County Medical Society. In 1995, Anne and several friends opened The Jasmine Basket, a gift shop in Vincennes. It was here that she put her artistic talent to use and came to know many new friends. She was known for helping pick the perfect gift for any occasion and wrapping and personalizing the presentation for each recipient.
Anne and Grant retired to Kentucky Lake in 2007. As was the case everywhere they lived, they were blessed with many wonderful friends both at the lake and in Paducah, where Grant worked part-time with the Urology Group of Paducah. They were members of St. Henry Catholic Church in Aurora, Ky.
She loved cruising the lake on the pontoon boat, cooking, reading recipes, decorating everyone’s houses, and shopping with friends. She was an avid Cubs fan, and loved IU and KY basketball.
Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Lib Rosenblatt, and her sister, Mary Heim.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Grant; daughter, Jennifer Thompson and her husband, Jason, of Charlotte, N.C.; sons, Andrew and his wife, Erica, of Canton, Ga., and Matthew and his wife, Claire, of Denver, Colo.; grandchildren, Ella, Sophie, Jack and Kate; brother, Robert Rosenblatt Jr. and his wife, Suzanne, of Sellersburg, Ind.; sisters, Cathy Bragin and her husband, Al, of Evansville, Ind., and Jean Walk and her husband, Charles, of Huntingburg, Ind.; brother-in-law, Donald Heim of Huntingburg, Ind.; and six nieces and nephews.
The family would like to especially thank Western Baptist Hospital, Marshall County Hospital, and Oncologist Dr. James Gould and all his staff for taking such kind care of Anne.
There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass and Rite of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg, Ind., on August 17, 2012, 11 a.m. Eastern time.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the charity of their choice or to suggested charities of Ovarian Cancer Research Fund @ocrf.org; Christian Education Foundation of Vincennes Catholic Schools; Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana at P.O. Box 4169, Evansville, IN 47724; and Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Development Office at 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577.
A memorial Mass will also be held at St. Henry Catholic Church in Aurora, Ky., at a later date.
Milner and Orr Funeral Home of Paducah (Ky.) is in charge of local arrangements. You may leave a message of sympathy at www.milnerandorr.com.