Ann M. Gadbaw


Ann Mary Gadbaw, age 95, entered the pearly gates of heaven while surrounded by family on Sept. 7, 2019. Ann was born at home with a midwife on Oct. 13, 1923 to the late Richard and Anna (Wallace) Gosson in Syracuse, New York. Her parents were immigrants with a proud Irish heritage. She grew up in an area called Tipperary Hill.
Ann met a handsome U.S. Army captain at the Rainbow Lounge of the Syracuse Hotel. She wed the love of her life, Joseph J. Gadbaw, M.D., on Feb. 19, 1944 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Syracuse, New York.
Ann and Joe dreamed of a large family and a vibrant life filled with adventure. They fulfilled these dreams and experienced many other blessings. They raised eight children in Farmington. She was the beloved wife of a well-loved physician in the community.
Ann worked as his bookkeeper, assisted in his clinics and took on the important role of "domestic engineer" to support a very busy family life. The couple retired in 1990 and moved to Traverse City, where they created a remarkable life on the Boardman River. They shared 66 wonderful years of marriage and are very proud of the legacy they created.
She was a devoted member of Our Lady of Sorrows in Farmington and later St. Francis Catholic Church.
She enjoyed golf and tennis with many friends. She was a very thoughtful person and was often known to send caring notes and gifts. She kept up with the times and was well versed in current events, politics and social media. She loved to go shopping and had a keen eye for interior design. Ann also enjoyed dining out at local restaurants and was a gourmet cook.
Above all else, she cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a fierce advocate for things she believed in. In so many ways, she will be remembered lovingly, deeply missed - she is truly "unforgettable."
Ann is survived by her children, Joann Gadbaw, of Kalamazoo, Joseph Jr. (Victoria) Gadbaw, of Stonington, Connecticut, R. Michael (Sally) Gadbaw, of Potomac, Maryland, John (Randee) Gadbaw, of Dearborn, Mary (Steve) Gadbaw Davis, of Cadillac, Anne (Erik) Paus, of Brewster, Massachusetts, Elizabeth (James) Kelderhouse, of Traverse City, and Catherine Gadbaw, of Traverse City; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Mary Ann) Gosson, of Syracuse, New York; as well as many other loving family members and friends.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Joseph Gadbaw; brother, John Gosson; and sister, Elizabeth Kerrigan.
Visitation for friends and family will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 from 3 to 5 p.m., at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019 at 6 p.m., with visitation just prior to the service. Father Don Geyman and Father Ken Stachnik will con-celebrate the Mass. According to Father Don, this will fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Munson Hospice, 1150 Medical Campus Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
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Jane (Hansen) Rogers
Sep 16, 2019
I have fond memories of Mrs Gadbaw from my childhood in Farmington! Anne & Liz were 2 of my best friends. We walked to school together, enjoyed sleepovers and putting on plays. Mrs Gadbaw was very elegant, friendly and generous with her time and energy. My condolences to her family.
Joanne Barber Griffin
Sep 14, 2019
Mrs. Gadbaw was a wonderful woman. We knew the family well through Our Lady of Sorrows. Dr. Gadbaw was our family physician until he retired. Will keep your family in our prayers.
Dennis Perry
Sep 14, 2019
Always treated me with kindness and was very thoughtful. Lived a full life. Sorry for your loss.
Rita (Selinsky) Sipes
Sep 14, 2019
Joann, I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember your family well. Your Dad was our family doctor for many years when medical care was scarce in our early years. I hope you have good memories to hold in your heart.
Kathy Peltier
Sep 14, 2019
Ann: I saw your mom's obituary on the OLS fb page. I am so sorry to hear of her passing, but what a long and wonderful life she led! It is so difficult to lose your mother. I wish you, and your entire family, peace during these difficult days.
Tom and Diane Bitterle
Sep 13, 2019
Dear John,
Your beautiful Mom, and all your wonderful memories, will live on within you forever.
In deepest sympathy.
Love, Tom and Diane
Mark and Meridee Kerrigan
Sep 13, 2019
Ann’s love of and pride in her family was truly special.  All that were close to her were fortunate to to have so many years with Ann; so many years to grow and provide daily reminders for Ann to enjoy and feel her pride in each and every individual accomplishment.

We all will all miss Ann. Ann was my mother’s only sister, my only regret was that we were not as fortunate as others to have had the opportunity to spend more time with her.

Our condolences to the entire Gadbaw & Gosson family.

Mark and Meridee Kerrigan
Bishop Don Hanchon
Sep 13, 2019
My sympathy and prayers for all the Gadbaw family as you mourn the loss of your Mother and Grandma. Son Michael and I were high school classmates at Sacred a Heart Seminary...and so, by extension, received some of her Mom’s care. May she pass gladly into God’s Kingdom...and May God strengthen your own faith in the Resurrection. Remembering your Mother and all of you in my prayers,

+Bishop Don Hanchon
Lupe Gottschalk
Sep 13, 2019
I’m so sorry for your loss, your mother was an amazing woman. How wonderful for all of you that she lived a long and wonderful life and was able to enjoy her grandchildren and great grand children. I know she will be missed but hold those memories close to your heart. 💞
Sep 12, 2019
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Cathi Wievkowski
Sep 12, 2019
John, Shane Jared and other family I’m so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences
Kristin (Nelson) O'Brien
Sep 12, 2019
"Grannie" Annie was a remarkable woman with such style and grace. There are so many fond memories from times at the River House, Elmbrook, and more. She and Joe were so proud of their family and made so many more people feel like family. I can see her now rejoicing in being reunited with Joe and also making sure that his outfits finally match again. Heaven truly gained an amazing angel. Much love to the Gadbaw family.
Donna Mitchell
Sep 11, 2019
Your mom was so lucky to have such a long life getting to know her grandkids and great grandkids! Her influence will not die with her.
Annette Andersen
Sep 11, 2019
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Darla Herbers
Sep 11, 2019
I will so miss seeing your beautiful, smiling face and hearing all of your wonderful stories. You always made me laugh and shared your wisdom!! Truly one of my favorite humans and someone I will always look up to!!
Teresa Iacovoni
Sep 11, 2019
Ann was a remarkable woman I met when she and Joe moved to Traverse City. She amazed me with her knowledge of current affairs and drive to stay fit. She loved her family and friends fiercely and would speak proudly of all of them often. She touched my heart and I will remember and miss her. Ann was truely beautiful inside and out. She left quite a legacy. My prayers are with all who loved her.
John Gadbaw
Sep 11, 2019
An amazing, strong woman and a wonderful friend. I cherish all the time we had together at the River House. I know you are being rewarded for your relentless work. I love you and I will always appreciate how much you loved me. Thank you for your dedication is raising all of the Gadbaw children. I will see you in heaven. 💕
Lindsey Rogers
Sep 10, 2019