Friday 20 September 2019

Ann Boswald - a tribute

The late Ann Böswald.
The late Ann Böswald.

On August 13, 2016, we said goodbye to a much-loved wife, mother, daughter and sister.

Ann Böswald (nee Mernagh) Mindelheim, Germany, and formerly Ballylibernagh, Bridgetown, was born in July 1955 to Kathleen and the late Edward Mernagh.

The eldest of seven children, Ann was the big sister we all looked up to and wanted to be like - her endless energy and no nonsense approach to life endeared her to everyone and made you always want to be around her.

She attended Mulrankin National School and having completed her Leaving Certificate in the Presentation Wexford, she joined the bank. Her first post was in AIB Enniscorthy, before moving on to Clondalkin and Donnybrook.

It was on her weekends at home that Ann met her future husband Werner, who was holidaying in Ireland and their paths crossed in Kilmore Quay. Within a short time they were married and Ann started a new life in Germany.

Straightaway Ann settled into the way of life in Mindelheim, learning the language and helping to run the family fur business.

Ann always had a great sense of fashion and style and this, along with her keen eye and warm personality, steered the business in a new and successful direction.

The arrival of her daughters Anja and Katja brought great joy to everyone. Ann made sure they had the best of both worlds, spending all their free time and holidays in Ballyliberagh.

Not one to sit back, Ann was involved in all aspects of life in her hometown - even at one stage running for the town council.

In the last few years, Ann made the journey home almost every month, helping to look after her parents. Although the final few months of Ann's life were heart breaking for those who loved her, she faced her illness with a courage and dignity that was an inspiration to use all.

Ann's passing leaves a huge void in all our lives. She will be greatly missed and always loved.

Ann is survived by her husband Werner, daughters Anja and Katja, mother Kathleen, brother Anthony and sisters Bernadette, Aileen, Roisin, Louise and Mairead.

'Ar deis De go raibh a h-anam dilis'

From her family.

Wexford People