Anna Marie Pickard

Anna Marie Pickard, of Ostrander, Minn., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday April 18, 2019, while at her brother’s home surrounded by family.  Anna was born October 9, 1946 to Lester A. and Pauline A. (Winans) Schild in Chatfield, Minn.  She grew up in rural Chatfield and graduated from Chosen Valley High School in 1964.

    In January of 1965 Anna entered the United States Marine Corps for two years and was honorably discharged in January 1967.  She married Edward A. Grzechowiak on March 8, 1966 and was later divorced.  She later married Charlie M. Pickard.  Anna loved traveling, gardening, bird watching, cooking, crafting, spending time with family and friends, and attending church functions.  She was also a member of the Chatfield American Legion.  

   Anna is survived by two sons, Edward A. Grzechowiak (Heather) of West Seneca, NY and Robert A. Grzechowiak of Lancaster, NY; three grandsons: Steven, Gavin, and Hunter; one sister Alice Mottley (Dennis) of Petersburg, VA and two brothers Russell (Cindy) Schild and Michael (Susan) Schild, both of Chatfield; and many nephews, nieces, great nephews, and great nieces.  Anna was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, two nephews, and a niece.

  Celebration of Anna’s life will be at Bear Creek Church in Rochester at 1 p.m.  Saturday, April 27, with Pastor Jeff Urban officiating.  Visitation will be held Friday, April 26, at Riley Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to services at church.  A family committal service will take place Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Chatfield Cemetery with military honors by Chatfield American Legion Post 197.

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