Ann Louise Flierl, age 78, a lifelong Port Washington, WI resident who quietly and thoughtfully went about brightening the lives of family, friends and anyone she encountered, left this world while sitting in the light of the morning on Feb. 5, 2021.

Born Ann Gryga, she was the youngest daughter of a furniture designer John Gryga and a seamstress, Clara Dominiak, who developed a deep love for her hometown on walks to school along the lakeshore, past Smith Bros. Restaurant, through downtown and up the hill to St. Mary Catholic Church. She graduated from the adjoining school in 1956, and Port Washington High School in 1960. 

She married William Flierl August 26, 1967 and the two raised two children, Kathryn and Thomas, mostly on Larabee Street, but later on Roger Street where their home was a touchstone for friends, as well as nieces and nephews, who were always welcomed as one of her own. Ann was a Girl Scout troop leader and active in parish life, from the Christian Mothers to serving as president of the St. Mary School Board. Ann and William were deeply in love and devoted to each other, each a source of strength when the other needed it most, and exceptionally proud of their children. Ann’s career was spent as a paralegal in the Ozaukee County Corporation Counsel’s Office where she retired in 2008.

Her retirement neatly coincided with the birth of her first grandchild.  She was a devoted grandmother who believed in making special memories with her grandchildren.  She planned outings to museums and parks, each usually followed by a visit to the candy store.  She never missed a concert, school event or special occasion and she loved hosting sleepovers, which were followed by blueberry pancake breakfasts.

Ann had a lifelong love of travel, always eager for the next adventure, filling photo album after photo album with images from Germany, France, Austria, Luxembourg and, more recently, trips to Italy and Poland with her sister, Mary. The two could be inseparable, enjoying long walks, shopping trips, sneaking a shot of Krupnik at Polish Fest and time with a circle of friends that went back decades. 

Ann was active in civic affairs. She was a member and past president of the  Port Washington Historical Society and champion of the restoration of the Light Station and, more recently, construction of the Explorium. She worked tirelessly on events, especially the society’s annual fund-raising gala, and went out of her way to assure every detail was perfect.

That same care extended to her love of having family over, where there always seemed to be fresh flowers on the dining room table, appetizers at the ready and — for the grandkids — ice cream in the freezer. 

Her passing leaves a deep hole in the lives of family and friends, one that will not soon — or easily — be filled.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William; her daughter Kathryn (Greg) Borowski; son Thomas (Jennifer) Flierl, and her beloved grandchildren, Annaliese, Audrey and George, as well as her sister, Mary (Theodore) Flierl, brother-in-law John (Pat) Flierl, sister-in-law Carol Gryga, and a host of adoring nieces and nephews, and their families, as well as cousins and extended family throughout the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Clara (Dominiak) Gryga, three brothers John, James and Charles Gryga, and sister-in-law Betty Gryga.

A family Mass has been celebrated.  A future celebration of Ann’s life will be held.

Memorials should be made to Port Washington Historical Society, PO Box 491, Port Washington, WI 53074 (www.pwhistory.org).

Poole Funeral Home / Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.

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18 Comments

  1. Sending my sincere condolences and prayers.
    I would like to tell you a short story. My parents had chosen Ann for my first name if I were a girl. When looking for a middle name one of my aunt’s said she knew of a nice young lady by the name of Ann Louise Gryga. Mom and dad like the combination. So my name became Ann Louise Thanks for the name Ann.
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  2. We are sending our hugs and love from the ‘other side of the Lake’. Ron and I wished we could deliver them in person. I know that Clara, John and the Boys were there to greet her along with my folks, Walter and Theresa (Dominiak) Ksiazkiewicz. My brother Joe and sister Mary Celeste Slocum were there also.
    Know that your Angel Ann will be there for you. Connie and Ron Kowalski

  3. Bill and family,
    It is so hard to believe that Ann has passed from this world – Our deepest sympathy to you. Ann was so dedicated to every endeavor she undertook. Know that we are thinking about you and your loss.

  4. Ann was a classmate of mine with the class of 1960, and I knew her most of my life. I did not know she had accomplished so much for the Port Washington community. Well done Ann. My condolences to the entire family. Ned L. Huwatschek Lac La Belle, Mi

  5. My sympathy on your loss Bill. Ann was a great gal.
    She will be missed.

  6. Sincere Sympathy to Bill and all of the Flierl family. I had the pleasure of knowing Ann when we worked together at the Voting Polls for several years. We also enjoyed meeting for coffee or lunch and talking about our grandchildren and our families. Ann was a kind and lovely person and will be missed.

  7. Barbara and I treasure getting to know my cousin, Ann Louise,
    as adults in recent years. Along with Mary Beth, she was a
    touchstone to that part of my family and was able to fill in
    many blank spots. A lovely, sensitive person, we will miss her
    surprising sense of humor and good nature.

    May she rest in peace.

  8. Bill,
    My sincere sympathy to you and your family. Ann was such a wonderful lady, may she rest in peace.

  9. Bill and family, my deepest sympathy. I read that the brightest stars burn the quickest but are the most beautiful. May she rest in peace.”

  10. Bill, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  11. My condolences to your family. I had the privilege to plan a Christian Ladies Spring Dinner with her. She made it a pleasure to work with her on this event. She was a thoughtful person and she knew how to get the job done. May she rest in peace and may your family realize she is always with you.

  12. My deepest condolences to the entire family. I had the pleasure of knowing Ann for a little bit over a year, since I joined the Port Washington Historical Society as the new editor. Her immense knowledge of the community and amazing attention to detail in helping me put together the quarterly newsletter were most impressive. This is a great loss to this community. She will be missed.

  13. Bill, our condolences to you and your family.

  14. Our Sympathies to Bill and your entire family, may she rest in peace!

  15. Ann is a sweet, generous kind person who is missed dearly. Our “Lunch Bunch” outings will never be the same without her. Enjoyed working with her at the County. She was a very capable, organized and knowledgeable paralegal who served the citizens of our community admirably. Ann is a life well lived. My condolences to her husband and family.

  16. My condolences to Ann’s family. I met Ann in Tai chi class when I first moved to Port 12 years ago. She and sister Mary were so welcoming.
    Ann was a loyal helper in the funeral ministry at St. Mary’s. I loved having her on my work team. She was always the one to suggest improving our service to the grieving families…pretty tablecloths, floral centerpieces, aprons for workers, quiet environment etc.
    I will always remember Ann as a quiet gentle force.

  17. Sending my sincere condolences for your family’s loss. Ann Louise, as we called her in high school, and I met at a corner and walked to school together for probably our freshman and sophomore years. She was the classmate who came to my Dad’s funeral, many years later.She was the best.

  18. My condolences Bill & your family, Anne was always so sweet and polite to me. So sorry for your loss, may she rest in peace.

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