OTTUMWA-Ana L. Peck, 84, of Ottumwa, died at 12:30 p.m. January 8, 2019 at Vista Woods Care Center.
She was born August 10, 1934 in Havana, Cuba to Juan Hernandez and Leonor Diaz.
Ana was a graduate of Havana Teachers College and earned a Ph.D. in Education from Havana University. In September of 1962, Ana and her family left Cuba, because of the revolution, for the United States in order to start a new life.
In 1963, she studied at the University of Iowa to fulfill the Iowa State requirements for a teaching certificate and graduated with a MA in Spanish.
She married Larry Peck on December 26, 1966 in Sigourney, IA.
She taught for 1 year in Sigourney before teaching Spanish at Ottumwa Heights College for 10 years. During her years of teaching at the Ottumwa Heights, she organized tours to Mexico and Spain for her Spanish students. Ana taught at Ottumwa High School, retiring in 1993.
On December 22, 1969 she became a proud American citizen.
She was a member of St. Mary of the Visitation, PEO, Ottumwa Country Club, AAUW, Izaak Walton League, an Arts Club and a Book Club. She was a vacation tour guide for AAA, enjoyed sewing and was active in the Democratic Party.
Ana is survived by her husband, Larry; her daughter, Lisa Maria Priester of Honolulu, HI; a step-son, Lawrence Michael Peck of Colorado; 3 grandchildren, Jazz and Havana Priester and Crystal Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Tomas Hernandez and her sister, Amelia Hernandez.
Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Mary of the Visitation with Father Patrick Hilgendorf presiding. Cremation will follow the service. Inurnment will be in Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. A Christian Wake will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.