Ann Guth

Date of Death: Mar 10, 2020
Ann Guth

1928 - 2020

Ann W. Guth passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the age of 92, while residing in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Ann was a long time resident of Waupun, Wisconsin.

Ann was born on February 10, 1928, the daughter of William and Loretta (Lucey) White.

She attended Oregon High School, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1950 with a degree in Chemistry. Ann began her teaching career in Princeton, Wisconsin, married Lawrence Alvin Guth in 1953, and became a mother in 1954. She began working in the Insurance and Real Estate field with her husband while raising their children. She returned to teaching math at Waupun Middle School in 1969 until her retirement in 1987. While teaching in Waupun, she was named as Teacher of the Year in 1980 and 1985. In retirement, Ann continued her involvement in many activities including St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Waupun Memorial Hospital and its Auxiliary, the Education Foundation of Waupun, Wisconsin Council of Catholic Women, the Daughters of Isabella, her Bridge club and Marathon Bridge play. She enjoyed membership in the Rock River Country Club for many years, although an admittedly poor golfer (happy to just hit the ball). Ann was a compassionate friend, helpful to many, and used her minivan as a taxi for so many souls in need.

Ann is survived by two sons: Michael (Barbara) of Fort Wayne, Indiana and their children Ryan (Heather), Regan (Miranda), and Alison (Jean Paul) Spagnolo; Matthew (Diane), and their children Justin (Brittany), and Hannah. She is also survived by nine great-grandchildren. Other close family members include nieces Barbara (George “Nick”) Meyer, Debbie (Hal) Platter, and Chris (John) Fischbach; nephews Dennis (Diane) Guth, and Steve (Mary) Guth, as well as many great nieces, nephews, and cousins throughout the Madison and Dane County Areas.

Preceding Ann in death were her parents, her husband Larry A. Guth, cherished sister Mary White Icke, brother Bill White, niece Marilyn (White) Schmidt, brother-in-law John Guth, his wife Delores, and their son Joey.

Private Services

A private memorial mass for Ann W. Guth will be held Friday, July 10, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Fr. John Radetski officiating.

Memorial Contributions

Donations in Ann’s name may be made to: St. Joseph Catholic Church (Waupun, WI.), Waupun Memorial Hospital, and the Ann and Larry Guth Scholarship fund (St. Norbert University, De Pere, WI.).



  1. Jane Derksen-Chene Says: March 23, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Hi: My name is Jane Derksen-Chene, formerly Jane H. Lemmenes. Mike & family, you have my sympathy & prayers. Your Mom was a blessing to many. I am truly sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Jane

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:27 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Mother touched many lives in Waupun, and will be missed.

  2. Brenda marshall Says: March 23, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Sympathy to Ann’s family, s wonderful teacher and fun character!

  3. Jan (Moroni) Witt Says: March 23, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Mrs. Guth was by far one of my favorites. She was so kind and patient. She made math fun! Sending my deepest condolences to all of you.

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you for your comments. Mother was a very good teacher, and touched many lives.

  4. Deb Mischler Says: March 23, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Sorry for you loss Matt and Mike. Many stories told as we shared time while doing Ann’s hair. Neighbors when I was young,friends as time passed

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Mother truly loved her weekly visit to the Hair Salon. I am sure she enjoyed the time you had together as well.

  5. Katie McBride Fischer Says: March 23, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Dear Mike, Matt and families,
    I was so sad to hear about your mom. She was such a lovely person. I always enjoyed my visits with her. May the many wonderful memories you have give you comfort. I cherish the fond memories I have of your mom and the good times our families had together.
    My sincerest sympathies,
    Katie McBride Fischer (and husband Todd)

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Our families had some wonderful gatherings together. So long ago but great memories for all of us.

  6. Marty Houdek Says: March 24, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Hello Mike, Matt and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the passing of your mom. I have many special memories of good times spent with your family especially at Willow Mill!
    Marty and Vicki Houdek

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:35 pm

      Marty, thank you for reaching out. We all enjoyed our experiences at Willow Mill. Great food, great friends, and many good times.

  7. Mary McBride Bushman Says: March 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    Mike and Matt,
    I am sorry for the loss of your mom!
    The McBride’s have an old history with the Guth’s going back to our grandparents. I have fond memories with your family at your home, our pool and especially camping at Willow Mills.
    Matt, you and your mom were so kind when my mom was dealing with cancer. I found your letters after she died. It was obvious that they were special to her. Thank you!
    Mary McBride Bushman

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:36 pm

      Mary, Thank you for the kind comments. Our families were very close and we all have great memories of the times we spent together. Thank you for reaching out.

  8. Dave Stelsel Says: March 25, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    Will always remember Larry and Ann, Larry would take our son David to breakfast when his grandparents Dave and Jean left for the winter,Ann inviting us over for a swim on hot summer days and always had a snack for our sons. They were wonderful people. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families Mike and Matt. We moved to Carmel IN almost 5 years ago to be by our sons and grandchildren, but always consider Waupun our home. Dave and Connie Stelsel

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:39 pm

      Ace and Connie. Great memories in both our families. Always remember your dad and how he would walk right in to the house on Carrington Street. Hopefully, in passing, our parents are reunited and their friendship continues.

  9. Randy Dykstra Says: March 26, 2020 at 12:27 am

    Mrs. Guth stood out as one of the finest in a district filled with good educators. What a classy and elegant woman.

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Mother did have an impact on many lived in Waupun.

  10. Natalie Vande Zande Says: March 26, 2020 at 11:48 am

    So sorry for your loss. Had her as a teacher remember her as very kind and wonderful

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. Mother took a great deal of pride in her work in education.

  11. Sue Buchholz Smith Says: March 26, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    Mrs Guth had a great smile, caring eyes and a joyful laugh. My mother will miss her as will many others. She was one of my favorite teachers. My sympathy to your family.

    • Matt Guth Says: March 27, 2020 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you for your comments. Mother did try to make math fun, and did love teaching so much.

  12. Carol Donnermeyer Says: March 28, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Matt and Mike Many wishes for peace as you mourn the loss of your Mother. Ann and Larry were good friends and also employers to my Mother Geraldine Muckerheide first at the house and then the building on Fond du Lac and Main in Waupun. They belonged to many of the same societies including Daughters of Isabella and St Josephs Church. Your Mother was a classy woman who gave to others and had a great love for her fellow travelers on this earth. Carol Muckerheide Donnermeyer

    • Matt Guth Says: April 2, 2020 at 4:46 pm

      Thank you for your kind words. I remember you mother working for dad at the office downtown.

  13. Karen Kurzynske Says: April 9, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a strong woman and will be remembered by all who knew her. May the arms of the Lord embrace you all at this time of your loss. Sincerely, Karen Van Hierden

  14. Jean Homan Says: May 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    My sympathies to your family. I first knew Ann through the Educational Foundation of Waupun. She was a sweet, lovely lady with a positive attitude. I later saw her at Prairie Ridge where my mother-in-law was a resident. Even though her memory was not all there, she was still a very pleasant, upbeat person. I would take some time to talk to here whenever I was there.

  15. Dick Steinbach Says: May 18, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Matt and Mike, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. She was not only a wonderful teacher but a good friend. I enjoyed knowing and working with her at the Middle School for a number of years. She will definitely be missed but fondly remembered.

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