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Ann Elizabeth James, age 68, of Ionia, passed away on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. The daughter of Wesley & Helene (Kuhne) Carder, she was born on June 21, 1949 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Her life was lived in the United States as well as Germany, where she met and married her soulmate Rudolf “Rudi” Feuster on October 1, 1971. Ann was an exceptional woman in faith, love, compassion, and joy. She was an amazing beautician and cook. Her famous German Cheese cake was requested at every get together, event and birthday. Her recipe has been passed down to her daughters with hopes that one day they master it. 

Ann worked hard for many years to provide for her family. She took care of everyone from a very young age and it was no surprise that she found volunteering at the hospital was her true calling in life. She loved the church and gave of her sweet voice in the choir, where she made many friends. Ann loved crocheting, playing the piano and crafts. Her favorite color was most definitely purple. Recently, she asked for golf clubs so that she could spend her time in the sunshine at home. 

Ann’s love of life was infectious. She touched many lives and is remembered with fondness by all. Her kindness and compassion saw no end. Her life was lived with laughter, joy and song.  Ann didn’t view (AML) Leukemia as a disease. She saw it as an opportunity to grow stronger in her faith and relationship with God. She prayed endlessly for her nurses and doctors. She prayed for everyone who prayed for her; no one was spared for the Grace she knew existed. She beat AML and had been in remission for the last 3 months, a victory she rejoiced in. A Special Thank you is being extended by the family to the nurses, staff and doctors at Sparrow in Ionia and Lansing. Tower 5 West nurses and staff grieved along side her daughters who are very thankful for their love and support. The kindness they showed Ann since January was not in their job description, it came from the heart. 

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley & Helene (Kuhne) Carder; her beloved husband, Rudolf Feuster; grandson, Samuel Ryan Brown; and her favorite Aunt, Elisabeth (Kuhne) Branch.

She is survived by her daughters, Monika (Larry) Hartman, of Port Huron, and Petra (Tim) Sivyer, of Ionia; son, Daniel (Marissa) Feuster, of Mesa, AZ; brothers, Michael (Ursula) Carder, of Livermore, CA, Patrick (Karen) Carder, of Phillipines, and Aaron Carder, of Las Vegas; sister, Tessy (Greg) Freeman, of Shawnee, KS; grandchildren, Kristin Brown, Angela and Cole Eichmeier, all of Phoenix, AZ, Steven (Rachel) Feuster-Smith, of Shawnee, KS, Jakob (Devon) Feuster, of Grand Rapids, Aimee Feuster, of GA, Anastasia Sivyer, of Ionia, and Timmy Max Sivyer, of Grand Rapids; five great grandchildren, Jordyn, Charlie Ann, Reagan, Grayson and Ryan; cousins, Alexandra (Adam) Dunlap, of AZ, and Penelope Brickell, of OK; as well as nieces, Tina (Curt) Clayton, DeeDee (Justin) Searle, of Shawnee, KS and Yvonne (Kevin) Brandenburg, of Livermore, CA.

A memorial mass will take place at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at St. Peter & Paul Church, 434 High St., Ionia, where visitation will be held one hour prior to the service and light refreshments will follow. A separate memorial service for the family will be held in Kansas City in October 2017; date to be announced.

Honoring her wishes cremation will take place. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ann’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Mandy Gendreau on August 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Hugs and prayers to the whole family.

  2. Kristin Brown on August 11, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    My heart reaches out to the whole family. She was a beautiful soul, amazing woman and one of the most influential women I have ever met. I was lucky enough to have her in my life, but I’m the luckiest because I was able to have her as my grandmother. She has given me the most unforgettable memories and I couldn’t have asked for anything more than what she was able to give me, her love. She will be greatly missed, and her memory will live on forever.

  3. Ruby Johnson on August 11, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Praying you feel God’s loving arms wrapped around you, giving you comfort and peace.

    Knew Ann in Kansas City and friend of Tessy.

  4. Robert P. Branch on August 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    It is hard to think that the little First grade 6 year old that that I came to know in 1955 is gone. She gave much to others asking little for her self. In some ways she will always be that 6 year old to me. Love to her all that she left. Uncle Robert.

  5. Bethany Oszust on August 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I will never forget you, Anne! You were always so good to me when Petra and I were growing up. I always loved your fun and loving free spirit.

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