Annella Regina Ahles (Klaers) 

With much sorrow, we announce the passing of Annella (Ann) Ahles on October 31, 2023, at the age of 91.  

Born in Minneapolis, MN, on January 9th, 1932, to Regina (nee Otto) & Bernard Klaers, Ann (Nella) was raised in Loretto, MN, with her 4 brothers on the family farm. Those years were her most memorable. She reflected on her farm life often in her later years. She graduated from Mound High School in 1950. 

Ann met Gerald (Jerry) Ahles in early 1955 in Minneapolis and they were married on October 24th, 1955, in Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Loretto. They moved to Little Falls, MN, in 1958 where she and her husband purchased and operated a successful A&W franchise. They had 4 children.  

After 20 years of running a restaurant in the chilly Midwest, they decided to move to a warmer climate. They moved to Mesa, AZ in 1978 and finished raising their family. They loved living in the warm climate of Arizona. 

Ann moved to Lawrence, KS, in 2014 after the passing of her beloved husband, where she enjoyed reading and spending time with her family. 

Ann is survived by her four children, Andy (Christine), Tim (Rusty), Peggy Jo Watts (Bret) and Joel (Donna), five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents & siblings. 

 A Visitation will be held from 5-6:30 pm, Monday, November 6, 2023, at the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS. 66044. Funeral services will be 11am, Monday November 13, 2023 at a Queen of Heaven Funeral Home Cath0lic Chapel, 1562 East Baseline Road, Masa, Arizona 85204. Condolences may be made at Arrangements entrusted to Queen of Heaven Catholic Mortuary, Mesa, AZ.