Ann (Faherty) Peckham

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CHICAGO, IL–Ann (Faherty) Peckham, age 95, passed away on Feb. 9, 2020. She was born on June 30, 1924, in Chicago, IL, to Roger and Eliza (Kilman) Faherty. On Aug. 28, 2021, three generations of family gathered for a memorial and celebration of her life. She was laid to rest in accordance with her wishes in her family plot at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago. Ann was remembered through the words of her written memoirs and for her legacy of community service and political activism in Wisconsin.

Ann attended the Girls Latin School in Chicago for 10 years and graduated from The Knox School for Girls in Cooperstown, NY. Returning to Chicago in 1942, she entered St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. After marriage and motherhood, Ann was active in politics with the Dane County GOP and later the Wisconsin Republican Party. She was a delegate to the 1976 and 1980 conventions and received the Wisconsin Women’s Political Caucus award in 1977, 1980 and 1995.

In addition to her political activism, she was a tireless advocate for causes she believed in and truly believed that a successful life must include active involvement in the lives of others. She spent most of her 95 years demonstrating this conviction. She served on boards including the United Way of Wisconsin, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences Arts and Letters, among others. She was a founding member of the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy. Over the years, she gave amply back to her community in blood, sweat, and countless other ways.

She is survived by her three children, Mary (Richard), Roger (Marisol) and Gardner (Therese); grandchildren, Ben, Edith Ann, Charles, Roger Michael, Elizabeth and Madeleine; as well as great-grandchildren, Isla, Ameline, Finnian, Jack, Mary Ann, Vera, and Josie.

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