Anne Pitsch

Anne Pitsch, 91, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston. Anne was born in Detroit to Frank and Martha Krowk. She lived in Detroit, Waukesha and Clearwater, Fla., before moving to the Urbandale/Johnston area in 2010. Anne was a candy striper at a hospital in Detroit during World War II. She met her future husband, Lyman, at a USO gathering in Dearborn, Mich., where he was stationed as a chief petty officer. They married near the end of the war on May 6, 1944, and they made their home in Waukesha. Anne was a homemaker and later worked as a receptionist and switchboard operator for Wisconsin Centrifugal Foundry and RTE Corp. In their retirement years, Anne and Lyman volunteered at a local Waukesha nursing home and spent their winters in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Anne survived by her sons, Barry Pitsch of Urbandale, Iowa, and David (Starr) Pitsch of Oak Brook, Ill.; brother, John Krowk of Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Irene Kubala of Detroit; four grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lyman Pitsch; and a sister, Eleanor Trybus.

A memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m. Friday, April 26, at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Detroit, with burial of the cremated remains to follow at St. Hedwig Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Drumm or St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Iles Funeral Homes, 515-276-4567, is serving the family. Online condolences are welcome at