Ana Peck

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Ana Peck

Ana Peck Ana L. Peck, 84, of Ottumwa, died at 12:30 p.m. January 8, 2019 at Vista Woods Care Center.
She was born August 10, 1934 in Havana, Cuba to Juan Hernandez and Leonor Diaz.
Ana was a graduate of Havana Teachers College and earned a Ph.D. in Education from Havana University. In September of 1962, Ana and her family left Cuba, because of the revolution, for the United States in order to start a new life.
In 1963, she studied at the University of Iowa to fulfill the Iowa State requirements for a teaching certificate and graduated with a MA in Spanish.
She married Larry Peck on December 26, 1966 in Sigourney, IA.
She taught for 1 year in Sigourney before teaching Spanish at Ottumwa Heights College for 10 years. During her years of teaching at the Ottumwa Heights, she organized tours to Mexico and Spain for her Spanish students. Ana taught at Ottumwa High School, retiring in 1993.
On December 22, 1969 she became a proud American citizen.
She was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation, PEO, Ottumwa Country Club, AAUW, Izaak Walton League, an Arts Club and a Book Club. She was a vacation tour guide for AAA, enjoyed sewing and was active in the Democratic Party.
Ana is survived by her husband, Larry; her daughter, Lisa Maria Priester of Honolulu, HI; a step-son, Lawrence Michael Peck of Colorado; 3 grandchildren, Jazz and Havana Priester and Crystal Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Tomas Hernandez and her sister, Amelia Hernandez.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Visitation with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. Cremation will follow the service. Inurnment will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. A Christian Wake will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
Published on January 9, 2019
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Anne (Witte) Kelly
Jan 15, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Sra Peck was my HS Spanish teacher and such a wonderful lady. I always enjoyed her humor and warmth. Keeping you in my prayers.
Amber Essary
Jan 13, 2019
Loved this lady super much! She was a very great Spanish teacher. Grateful for my trip to Costa Rica with her. Ana, you will be missed much.
Denise Baker
Jan 13, 2019
Mrs. Peck took my daughter's HS class to Costa Rica. She was a faithful sister to Amelia when I cared for her in Hospice.
Amy Rice
Jan 11, 2019
Your mom was a special lady that always had that sparkle in her eye. May her smile be embedded in your heart to carry you through this time. I am saddened that I can not be there in person for you as a friend, but I am always here for you as a friend. With love Amy
Cyrena (Stanley) Buschmann
Jan 11, 2019
I am SO sorry to hear this! My husband and I were just talking about some of our favorite & most memorable teachers. Anna's name was on "the list". He had the pleasure of meeting her a couple times when she attended our class reunions. She was a classy lady! I know it wasn't easy trying to teach junior high students after fleeing from Cuba to a little town in Iowa, barely speaking English. Her first American class will remember her as we celebrate our 50th class reunion this summer. Sending sympathy & prayers to her family
Patricia Waterman
Jan 11, 2019
It was a pleasure and joy to meet both Larry and Ana. She taught me to see with a more open heart. We are sending prayers and love to all her family and friends. Our Waterman family to all of your family, God bless and keep you always close. Dan and Trish Waterman
Wini Fagen Frances
Jan 10, 2019
I remember meeting Ana for the first time when I was in 6th grade Spanish class. She was my Spanish teacher from grades 7-10 in Sigourney. I learned and remembered enough that 3 years later I tested out of beginning college Spanish. I remember singing at her wedding with the high school choir. She was a classy lady.
Cadence Cornelius
Jan 10, 2019
Señora Peck was one of my favorite teachers at OHS, she was kind, generous, and I so enjoyed her sharp sense of humor. I fondly remember my summer of private Spanish lessons at her house and will never forget her warm smile. My thoughts are with Larry, Lisa Maria and the rest of their family.
Anayolanda Torres Pinto (Ana Venator)
Jan 10, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with Larry and Lisa Maria in this hard and sad time; Ana was a kind and sincere friend and colleague.
Joye Lore-Lawson
Jan 10, 2019
Te extrañaré, querida Ana. Duerme con los angelitos.
Deb Blew
Jan 10, 2019
Oh Ana. How I will you. What a beautiful person. Our lovely greetings of hugs and a kiss on the cheek and catching up. Our visits were always far between and I didn’t know you were I’ll. God bless you. I will remember you always. There is a special place in my heart just for you. So fly high with those beautiful souls such as you. I was blessed to have had you in my life. God speed my dear.
Gary Schubert
Jan 10, 2019
I had the good fortune to spend my first years of teaching Spanish at OHS with Ana as a cherished mentor. I couldn't have asked for a better role model. I will always remember the dedication she showed to her students, the teaching profession, and the Spanish language and cultures. My condolences to Larry, Lisa Maria and their family.
Linda Aldrich Spurlocj
Jan 10, 2019
My sympathies to the whole family. She was a wonderful beautiful person. Love to you my Lisa Maria
MAE ELLEN GREEN AND FAMILY
Jan 10, 2019
i AM SO VERY SORRY LISA MARIA. SHE WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN SHE AS SO KIND TO ME AND MY FAMILY WHEN SHE CAME TO PICK UP THE CHILDREN AND AT THE GATHERING FOR JAZZ & HAVANA. SHE WILL BE MISSED. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! LOVE YOU ALL AUNTY MAE
Edward Statler
Jan 10, 2019
Lisa Maria,
My wife Marie and I are so saddened to hear of your mother's passing. In reading of all her achievements in life she is what I remember in are brief encounters at Hood. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you in this time of need from the Statler's home.
Josie W.
Jan 10, 2019
By far one of my favorite teachers at OHS. She was kind and patient with her students. She had a beautiful smile. My sympathies to her family.
Ruth Harkness
Jan 09, 2019
We were like sisters,went to Normal School for Teachers in Havana.We lived far away ,but always in touch.I'll never forget you and hope that when I go we'll be able to found each other again.The Lord be with you.
Deirdra McAfee
Jan 09, 2019
Señorita Hernandez was my first Spanish teacher, in Sigourney Elementary School. She was a gentle spirit, still homesick, it seemed to me later, for Cuba. May she rest In peace.
Bill Greenley
Jan 09, 2019
Ana (Miss Hernandez to us) was an angel her whole life. I was in her Spanish class for her one and only year in Sigourney, her first teaching job in the US. Always a Lady and always loved by her kids. Go with God my friend and my teacher. Heaven is a better place with you in it.
Mandy Broadstreet
Jan 09, 2019
I remember Ana Peck coming to Horace Mann and teaching us how to count in Spanish; she was lovely and had a presence- but showed patience and kindness in her insistence we learned correctly. She raised a talented, beautiful and full of life daughter whom i can call friend- for that i am grateful❤️
Linda Vogt
Jan 09, 2019
Ana was a beautiful person, inside and out. I had the privilege of working with her at OHS, and my daughter was in her Spanish class...an excellent teacher who loved her students. Ana will be missed by many! RIP
Amy (Kendall) Pitt
Jan 09, 2019
I’m so sorry to hear Ana has passed away. She was an amazing lady, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to get to know her when I worked at OHS. My prayers are with you, Lisa Maria.