Ann L. Stevens

July 8, 1943 - December 8, 2016
Ann L. Stevens

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Ann Leden Ascher Stevens, age 73, of Tarpon Springs, FL died at Sun Coast Hospice on December 8 after a debilitating battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Ann was born in Rockford, IL on July 8, 1943 to Howard and Evelyn (Clark) Leden of Winnebago, IL. She graduated from Winnebago High School in 1961 and received a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Illinois State University in 1965. She married James Ascher of Winnebago, IL on June 26, 1965. He was killed in action in Viet Nam on January 8, 1969. She married Jim Stevens on December 16, 1972.Ann worked as a teacher in Aurora, Rockford, and Dixon, IL schools. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, reading and gardening. She and her husband owned and operated Mail Etc. in Dixon, IL. After relocating to Orlando, FL she worked at Universal Studios. She and her husband retired and moved to Tarpon Springs, FL, and pastimes included Tai Chi, reading, traveling, entertaining family and visiting friends. Ann is survived by husband, Jim Stevens, children Kathy (Craig) Etchison of Dixon, IL, Linda (Dan) Slain of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Mary Beth (Tim) Wehnes of Wesley Chapel, FL and Tabbe Ascher Stevens of Jefferson City, MO. Grandchildren Claire and Annie Etchison, Danielle, David, and Adam Slain, Jack Wehnes and Kyla Benson. Brother Richard Leden of Albuquerque, NM and sister-in-law Dixie Leden of Winnebago, IL. Several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by both parents, her first husband, brothers Clark “Skip” Leden and Robert Leden. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Holiday, FL. A memorial service and interment of cremains is planned in Illinois at a later date. A memorial has been established to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and Sun Coast Hospice.

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  • December 12, 2016
    Barbara Lundberg says:
    Dear Jim and Family, I'm so sorry to learn about Anne. I'll remember her as a sweet, very accomplished lady who fought her disease couragiously. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  • December 13, 2016
    Dolores Harral says:
    Remembering her kind words and helpful information when my husband was diagnosed with Parkinsons which ultimately became LBD

  • December 13, 2016
    Dolores Harral says:
    Thoughts and prayers from my heart

  • December 13, 2016
    Judy Ghent says:
    Ann was my friend while our husbands were in OCS at Ft. Benning, Ga. Years passed between visits but we could always find something to talk about until late at night. Her dignity and spirit set her apart while living with Parkinsons for many years. Our sincere sympathy for you, Jim and family.

  • December 13, 2016
    Brian Castles lit a candle:
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  • December 13, 2016
    Dana Olsen says:
    One of the most generous and gracious women I've ever met. My thoughts and prayers are with her loving family.

  • December 13, 2016
    Sharon Aldis Bossert says:
    Good friend from our years at ISU. Always had a smile on her face and a laugh I will not forget. Glad we were able to keep in touch for so many years!

  • December 16, 2016
    Steve Norton says:
    Ann was a wonderful, caring friend to my sister, Sandra Leuch, and me. I will remember Ann with love and affection for the caring help she gave to us both. My heart felt condolences to Jim and their family.