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Obituary: Anne Marie Lauritzen

October 8, 1962 – February 6, 2023

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Anne Marie Lauritzen Anne Marie Lauritzen, nee Barthel, age 60, of Ogden Dunes, formerly of Munster, IN. After a long battle with cancer, Anne passed away peacefully on Monday, February 6, 2023. Loving wife of Jay Kelly Lauritzen. Devoted mother of Jacob, Bailey, and Jenna Lauritzen; step-mother of Janet (Christopher) Crosley, and Carrie (Jason) Lauritzen-Vicari. Cherished step-grandmother of Madelyn, Charles, James, and John. Loving grandmother to fur babies Geppetto and Smokey. Dear sister of Cynthia (Richard) Gunkel, Patricia Talbot, and the late Richard Barthel Jr. Kind and loving aunt of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her parents Richard Sr. and Patricia Barthel.

Anne loved the beach, gardening, baking, boating, water skiing, and watching the deer in her backyard. Anne was known for all of her loving and endless hugs, was loved by many, and will be deeply missed.

Memorial visitation Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 2 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 6 p.m. Smits Funeral Home ,2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN, with Deacon Tim Springer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Crown of Life Church 2825 E. Cleveland Avenue, Hobart, IN, 46342, the American Cancer Society, or Your Favorite Charity, are greatly appreciated.

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