It's raining today. A heavy steady rain outside and it's 5:50 am. I woke up to the news that Ann Pilichowski has passed away. Her fight is over. She fought but couldn't defeat the beast. We want to believe that when confronted by this beast, we can overcome it. Sometimes we win and sometimes this beast wins. There is no preparing for death, there is no way you can condition your heart to accept death. I'm heartbroken that a wonderful human being has been taken. To her family and friends, my heartfelt condolences. Nothing I say today will help with the grieving but I say it because it needs to be said. I am reminded of a saying that I think of when we lose those we love and it doesn't make the feeling of the loss any less - how could any words do that - but you are enriched because you knew them.
"Say not in grief 'she is no more' but live in thankfulness that she was"
Thank you Ann. I'm enriched for having known you and our last time together was filled with a great deal of laughter and friendship. We will meet again. Until then you will live on in our memories and though we are heartbroken, death cannot extinguish our memories.
The Xenite Memorial will be updated in deep sorrow and a heavy heart.
Our community, this awesome Xenaverse, is a giant family and we have known each other for over twenty years. Please if you can, please donate to help Ann's family with the funeral costs. Let's help our own and shoulder some of the burden.
Ann Pilichowski, 54, of Moline, IL, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 16, 2016, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 412 10th Street, Moline. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Avenue, Moline. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Ann asked for memorials to be made to her family or to the Illinois Paranormal Research Group.
Ann was born on August 16, 1962, in Moline, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Beverly Creen Pilichowski. She graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a degree in stage management and worked at the St. Louis Opera Theatre. Currently, she was employed as a groundskeeper for the iwireless Center.
Ann was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moline. She was also very active with paranormal research groups and the Xena Convention. Ann was a world traveler. She enjoyed life and family to the fullest. She was a friend to everyone and was deeply involved with her nieces and nephews.
Survivors include her mother, Beverly Pilichowski; brother, John (Kathy) Pilichowski, Moline, IL, and Alan (Dawn) Pilichowski, Moline, IL; niece and nephews, Wendy Pilichowski, Tim Pilichowski, Gregory Pilichowski, Marcus Pilichowski, and Stephen (Carrie) Pilichowski, all of Moline, IL; great nieces and nephews, Lucja, Mariska, and Phinneas; aunts and uncles, Ethel Quasny, Lois Wilson, Sally (Jack) Van Oteghem, all of Moline, IL, Joe (Judy) Creen, Davenport, IA, Doris Creen, Rapids City, IL, and Joan Creen, Moline, IL.
She was preceded in death by her father.
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MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
September 16, 2016
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Moline