Ann Lenore Plast of Palm Desert, California, formerly of Bloomington, IL, passed away on November 16, 2010 in Aptos. She was born in 1922 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and grew up in Toledo, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan and was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Delta international women's fraternity.
Towards the end of World War II she met her husband at an airbase in Florida and was married in 1948 to Lewis R. Plast, who later became vice president and treasurer of the State Farm Fire Insurance Companies. The couple was married 55 years until Mr. Plast preceded her in death in 2003.
Ann was the devoted mother of four children: Deborah Luhrman of Soquel, California; Victoria Hillen of Agoura Hills, California; Jonathon Plast of Brodhead, Wisconsin; and Stephen Plast of Austin, Texas. She doted on her six grandchildren: Nathaniel, Natasha, Alex, Robert, Rachel and Amanda.
In addition to her busy family life, Ann volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, president of the PTA and member of the PEO international charitable society. She enjoyed playing tennis and traveling with her husband. Ann and Lew made frequent trips to Europe, especially to Spain where her daughter resided for many years. They were also enthusiastic about visiting archeological sites in the Holy Lands, Egypt and Turkey.
Following retirement, they spent several winters in Sarasota, Florida and Marina del Rey, California before making their home in Palm Desert, where many happy times were spent celebrating holidays with family and friends.
A private family service was held on Friday, November 19 at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Ressurection Catholic Church, Aptos. A memorial service will take place on Monday, December 27th at 11am at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.