Anne Breyfogle

Dec. 1, 1934 — March 25, 2024

Devoted caregiver and friend, Anne (Anna) Elizabeth Breyfogle (Franko) passed away on March 25, at Brookside Inn in Castle Rock, Colorado, surrounded by her loving family and care team. She was previously a long-time resident of both Hobart and Winamac.

Anne was born on Dec. 1, 1934, in Gary, to Theresa (Hanich) and Joseph Franko. She was the fifth of six siblings: Paul, Joseph and William Franko (all deceased), Theresa Carpenter (deceased) and James Franko (surviving).

Anne married Dwayne ‘Whitey’ Breyfogle on Dec. 27, 1951. The two traveled the U.S. early in their marriage while Dwayne served in the U.S. Army but returned to Indiana to establish their family. Anne was a devoted caregiver to her own five children, as well as many of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Anne loved the many lakes and hearty farmland of Indiana, so she remained there for most of her life. As an avid fisherwoman and wonderful cook, she took such pleasure in having a house full of family and friends enjoying her grilled bluegill, sweet corn-on-the-cob and marshmallow salad. Anne relocated out West years ago so that her care could be shared by her youngest daughter Susan ‘Tutti’ Tollackson and her husband Alan in Wyoming, and her oldest granddaughter, Shannon Seales, her husband Dean, and children Jackson, Avery and Libby, in Colorado. She grew to love drives in the Rocky Mountains, spending time with the many ranch animals and pets, and cheering at kid’s sporting events. 

Anne is survived by three of her children: Allan [wife Sharon, deceased] Breyfogle, Patricia, and Susan ‘Tutti’ [husband Alan] Tollackson; twelve of her grandchildren: Shannon, Seth, Adriane, Stephen John Jr., Meredith Kristin, Tracy, Shane, Ryan, Sarah, Skye, Zebediah and Aleah. She is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren, a great-great grandchild and many other extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Steven and Bruce; grandson, Bradley; and husband Dwayne.

Anne’s door was always open and so was her heart. Whether it was the neighbors stopping in for a chat, family returning to live in the house, or children needing to be cared for, she thrived in the chaos of a busy home filled with laughter and love. Anne also loved to sing and was blessed with a beautiful, calming voice. She could often be found with a child on her lap, reciting one of her favorite hymns or folk songs. Her way of making others feel special was truly a gift received by all who knew and loved her.

Anne will be remembered for her strength and unconditional love as a matriarch, parent, partner and friend. She overcame many challenges of pain and loss in her life but remained a positive example of love and light for those around her. 

The family wishes to acknowledge deep appreciation for the expressions of love received during this time of bereavement. 

To honor Anne, take a moment to reflect on your favorite memory of her, say a prayer, and hug those you love. 

There will be no service at this time, but arrangements are being made for a memorial in the future.

(Pulaski County Journal — April 3, 2024)

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