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Ann Dupuis Jones
Ann Dupuis Jones, 91, died Monday, July 1 at St. Mary's Care Center, Madison.
Born Dec. 2, 1921 in Peshtigo to Edmund and Emelie Dupuis, her father was a building contractor in the Peshtigo area for many years. Her mother was a respected, self-taught naturalist, herbalist and artist. The family had French and Acadian roots in Canada.
She graduated from Peshtigo High School in June 1939 and St. Mary's School of Nursing in Milwaukee. She began working at St. Joseph's Hospital in Menominee in 1942. She met and married Mattias Ojala in January 1944 and they moved to Green Bay, then returned to Marinette in 1946. She had two children, Robert Ojala, born in Green Bay and Alice Ojala Johnson, born in Menominee. During her years in Marinette she was a Social Worker at the Marinette County Mental Hospital and also returned to work at St. Joseph's Hospital as a surgical nurse. In 1980 she moved to Sun Prairie where she worked at the Colonial Club as the Housing Coordinator for the Colonial View Apartments, Colonial Acres, Boulevard Apartments, and Evora Lodge.
She met and married Fred Jones in September 1982. His family included two grown sons, Fred and Mark and two grown daughters, Terri Bevins and Holly Kane and four step grandchildren. He preceded her in death on June 15, 1994. She continued as Resident Manager and office worker at Evora Lodge until June 10, 2000. She lived in the Sun Prairie area and remained active with the Colonial Club residents until her stroke in 2007, at which time she became a resident at St. Mary's Care Center.
Surviving are a son, Robert Ojala; a daughter, Alice Johnson; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and siblings, Francis Dupuis and Mary Loser of Peshtigo and Kateri Dupuis of Wauwatosa.
She was preceded in death by siblings, Edmund, Adrian and Agnes Dupuis.
A memorial service will be held for family and friends on Sunday, Aug. 11 in Sun Prairie.
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