Anne E. Perry

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Anne Elizabeth Perry (Hamilton) departed her earthly life peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2022, at the age of 91. Anne was born on her parents’, Merritt and Florence (Bente) Hamilton’s, farm in Elkader on Feb. 23, 1931. Anne had a love for music, playing piano and alto clarinet and participating in choir. She performed at many special occasions during her time at Elkader High School. Her musical talent led to enrollment at Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) as a music major. Later in her schooling, she changed her major to early childhood education. While a student in college, Anne met Neal Perry from Waterloo. An unbreakable bond led to their wedding in 1953, at the Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader. Several moves later, they settled in Neenah, Wis. Anne taught kindergarten in neighboring Menasha, Wis., for the next 17 years. Together, Anne and Neal raised three amazing children, Marcus, Paul and Elizabeth. Anne was an exceptional teacher, friend, loving mother and beloved wife. 


Anne and Neal celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this year in McGregor. The two have shared a joyful retirement in rural McGregor, where they have lived for the past 28 years. In retirement, Anne enjoyed volunteering, needlework, preparing countless family meals (often referred to as Anne’s eats), Mother’s Day mushroom hunts and spending time with her growing family. Anne’s kindness, compassion and love touched the hearts of so many during her time. 


Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Merritt and Florence Hamilton; bother Tom Hamilton; nephew Tommy Hamilton; and children-in-laws, Eva Perry and Conrad Carlson. 


Anne is survived by her devoted husband, Neal; her three children, Marcus Perry, Paul Perry (Gail) and Elizabeth Cesario (Mark); grandchildren, Mitchell Perry (Sarah), Alison Nielsen (Peter), Mark Cesario (Melissa), Anne Cesario (Jon) and Matthew Perry; and great-grandchildren, Raegan and Parker. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Swanson (Larry), and several nieces and nephews. 


A celebration of Anne’s life will be held at Peach United Church of Christ in Elkader on Sunday, Dec. 18. The visitation starts at 1 p.m., with a service following at 2 p.m. Anne will be laid to rest at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in McGregor come springtime. The family is grateful to the staff at Great River Care Center in McGregor and Crossing River’s Hospice for their dedication and their care of Anne during her final months. 


For those who wish to express sympathy, the family asks to consider donating to the Great River Care Center of McGregor. 


Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elkader, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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