Ann L. Hotchkiss

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Ann L. Hotchkiss

July 08, 1944 - December 25, 2018

Ann L. Hotchkiss Ann Robinson Hotchkiss, 74, passed away at her home in Northport on Christmas morning.
Ann was born July 8, 1944 in Owosso to Jean and Richard Robinson. Dick was deployed overseas with the U.S. Army at the time on Ann's birth and didn't get to meet his baby girl until 16 months later.
When Ann was 4 her family moved to Eaton Rapids. After high school she went on to graduate from Albion College and received her master's degree from the University of Michigan.
Ann accepted a job in the St. Clair Shores Lakeview school district, where she taught hearing impaired preschoolers for 32 years. She was a staunch advocate of oral language for the hearing impaired and helped countless children learn to communicate with the hearing world.
In 1978 Ann married William Hotchkiss, and they made their home in Washington, Michigan.
After retiring from teaching, Ann moved to Northport, where she spent her time enjoying the lake and devoting time to her passion of raising, training and showing her beloved Newfoundland dogs.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; and her parents.
She is survived by her brother, Pat Robinson, of Eaton Rapids; sister, Jane Ives, of Berrien Springs; niece, Annie Ives, of Vancouver, Washington; nephew, Peter Ives of Vail, Colorado; her youngest Newfoundland, Louis; and her four feline friends.
A memorial service for Ann will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2019 at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.
If you wish to make a donation in Ann's memory, please honor her love of animals by giving to AC PAW animal rescue of Traverse City, MSU veterinary school or to an animal rescue organization of your choice.
Please share your memories of Ann with her family by visiting her tribute page at
The family is being served and cared for by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on December 30, 2018
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Vilda Olsen
Jan 11, 2019
A very very nice lady!! Always most pleasant with a sweet demeanor. Wishing peace to her family with this great loss of a respect women.
Cathy and Christina Coates
Jan 08, 2019
Mrs Hotchkiss was my daughters 1st teacher in the hearing impaired program at Princeton elementary school. It was hard to let go of my baby for the entire day at age 3. I soon learned that my daughter was in good hands with Ann Hotchkiss. Christina really enjoyed being in her class and has many memories of her. We are saddened to her of her passing. We went to see her at the dog show and know how much she loved her Newfies. We are sorry we didn’t keep in touch. May she Rest In Peace.
Charlie and Wilma Spivey
Jan 05, 2019
She cared so for the hearing impared, we have a beautiful 4 yr old great grandson who is deaf, but loves his new truck hearing aids, takes the batteries out and asked for new ones when they are not good anymore. Ann would love that story. She is in Jesus arms. Gods Blessings.
Mary Lou Weber
Jan 03, 2019
What a shock to hear that Ann died so suddenly. I have many memories of her and I doing "dog stuff" over the years. We lost touch after she retired and moved up north but I thought of her often and wished her the best.
Jane Cassady
Jan 02, 2019
I worked with Ann at Lakeview Schools. She was a wonderful teacher with an abundance of patience and love for her hearing impaired little ones. One of my favorite memories of Ann is the time I babysat her Vietnamese potbellied pig, Hamlet. Hamlet tried to get on my elderly mom's lap and when he couldn't, he gave her a little nip. Ann loved animals - all kinds!
Judy Kirkeby
Dec 30, 2018
My deepest sympathy to Ann's family and friends.
I met Ann through our love for dogs. I have Collies and she had her beautiful Newfoundlands. We had both enjoyed the Companion Events. I visited Ann and her Newfoundlands at their scenic Northport home during the summer of 2016 and 2017. She shared the love of her pets and her charming town.
Jane Packard
Dec 30, 2018
Ann lived down the street from me and this past year we did some walks with Louie. Ann was trying to teach him to pull a cart but he was afraid of the cart so Ann basically ended up pulling it.
I enjoyed spending time with Ann, her take on the world and her sense of humor. I was looking forward to getting to know her better and to helping her with the Newfoundland water rescue training next summer.
My sympathies to her family.