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Ann Tirk, 80

Born: Aug. 7, 1942, Hartford, Wis.

Died: Nov. 3, 2022, Barrington, Ill.

Ann Tirk was born on Aug. 7, 1942, in Hartford, Wis., to Eleanora and Orville Uber. She was an only child, and her parents died when she was young. She was well loved by her aunt Anita Becker and her extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She studied music education at Lawrence College in Appleton, where she met her husband, Bob Tirk.

Ann, a talented soprano, taught vocal music in the Woodstock and Huntley school districts. She directed generations of local singers in holiday pageants, musicals, concerts, and other musical adventures.

Ann and Bob were great travelers, visiting all 50 states, the 10 Canadian provinces, and many locales around the world. After many voyages with a fifth-wheel camper, they eventually found a winter home in Sarasota, Fla. When not at the beach or the opera, their favorite trips were to visit their grandchildren in New York and Oklahoma.

Ann was a devoted friend to many, and these friends supported her through Bob’s death and her cancer.

Ann is survived by her children and their spouses, Liz (Brian) Yanoff and Richard (Suzanne); and her grandchildren, Malia, Simon, Jacob, and Eliana.

A visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the celebration of life service at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Church, 5603 Bull Valley Road, McHenry, IL 60050.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Planned Parenthood, P.O. Box 97166 Washington, DC 20090-7166, or to the Huntley District 158 Education Foundation, 650 Dr. John Burkey Drive, Algonquin, IL 60102.

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