StahlPublished 10:22am Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Ann (Hibberd) Stahl celebrated her 100th birthday.
She was born on Aug. 16, 1090 in Summitville, Tenn. At the age of 18, in 1927, she traveled by train with her parents to Niles, where her father was able to find work at the French Paper Mill.
Ann was a very outgoing person, her hobbies included horsebackriding, motorcycling, softball, swimming, spending time at the beach and taking pictures of family and friends.
He first job was with Michigan Wire Goods and in 1931, she purchased a blue 1929 Ford Roadster with a rumble seat. It was the first car for the Hibberd family.
On Jan. 24, 1942, at the Presbyterian Church in Niles, she wed James Stahl in a double ring ceremony with her sister Edna and Keith Schutt.
James, Keith and her brothers, Grant and Robert, proudly served their country, which is the reason Ann has been patriotic by displaying the American flag.
She worked for Tyler Refrigeration in Niles from 1945 to 1974.
Both Ann and James traveled to Florida in the winter and in 1950 they bought their Lake Street home which she enjoyed for 50 years.
Following the passing of James in 1995, she continued to live at the Lake Street home until May of 2000, when she moved to Brentwood Assisted Living, where she currently lives.
After purchasing a scooter, she became fondly known as the “Night Rider” as she would often ride in the evening hours when the hallways were empty.
She loved to shop and model in the fashion shows at Brentwood.
Halloween was and still is a favorite holiday of hers for dressing up.
“Auntie Ann” is loved by her three nieces, four nephews, 21 great-nieces and nephews, 15 great-great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-great-niece.
Ann contributes her longevity to caring about family and hard work. She is very independent and family members still call her “feisty.”