Ann Enenbach, 92, Poet, First Time Published Author At Age 89
Mother of six, world traveler, interior designer and author, Ann Enenbach, passed at sunset on May 21, 2018. Ms. Enenbach was a Chicago native who raised a family of six children on the south side of Chicago, in suburban LaGrange and Wheaton, and in Convent Station, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City.
Ann first developed her lifelong fascination with world travel at the age of seven while visiting exhibits and cultural events at the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. Her father, a Chicago policeman, helped arrange for his little girl to attend many special events at the World’s Fair.
Ann’s love of travel led to her first career as a travel agent who was sent alone to familiar and exotic locations around the world. She did so as a female pioneer at a time when society frowned on women traveling alone, especially to such remote and seemingly dangerous places.
Ann’s second career was as a professional interior designer. She was a graduate of the University of California, Irvine Interior Design School and suddenly found herself helping rich and at times famous clients design their southern California homes and getaway places.
After the death of her beloved husband, Joe, who was a pioneer in the creation and development of the world’s first cellular phone, Ann moved permanently to southern California. She began writing poems daily about her passions, her zest for life and her optimistic and inspirational thoughts. At the encouragement of her family, Ann selected a small sampling of her favorite poems and, at age 89, became a published author.
Among the many admirers of Ann’s poetry is actor, Alan Alda, who she met and exchanged books with in 2017. Mr. Alda made a proposal to Ann that “If you read my book, then I will read yours.” Mr. Alda read Ann’s book from cover to cover and corresponded with her, citing his favorite poems and verses to her. Ann also received many five star reviews of her poetry on Amazon Books.
Perhaps most importantly were her youngest admirers, her great-grandchildren, Fiona, Michael and Izzy McNulty, who brought Great-Gramma’s book to their grade school and proudly read their favorite poems to their classmates and teachers.
Ann completed her second book, a children’s book, which is scheduled to be published this summer. She was working on a third book at the time of her passing.
Ann was an individual who never really grew old. She was totally in tune with current events, music and fashion. Ann was a trendsetter in discovering the latest “in” places to travel, and developing new design trends well before they became popular. For many people of many ages and generations, Ann made poetry inspirational, humorous and fun to read again.
Ann will be terribly missed by her six children, seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren for whom she was the family leader, role model and inspirational hero. Ann lived her life as George Bernard Shaw once wrote:
“You see things and say why?
But I dream things that never were
And I say why not?”
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