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Anne Kane Muirhead

June 19, 2020 | 25 comments

Anne Kane Muirhead, 67, of Genoa, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse.  She was born on December 18, 1952 to Albert and Annabelle Zabolio.

Anne worked for IBM before owning the Genoa Hotel and was a ground instructor and commercial pilot.  She was a commissioner for Vernon County on the Mississippi River parkway commission.  Anne was also  a member of the LaCrosse shamrock club and a member of the Phoenix area pilots association, the 99’s.

She is survived by her daughters, Louise Anne Olvera, Kathleen Claudia Olvera of Mexico; brother, John Zabolio, of Las Vegas; and sister, Mary Donovan of Lawrence, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Annabelle Zabolio, of Genoa; siblings, Julie and Mark Zabolio; and husband, James Muirhead.

The family would like to thank the staff at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Charles Parish in Genoa, WI are preferred.

There will be a requiem for Anne Muirhead at 12:00 pm noon on June 30, 2020 in Kansas City at St. Mary’s Episcopal church KCMissouri.
It will be livestreamed on Facebook and on the church website, www.stmaryskcmo.org.
Her sister, Deacon Mary Donovan, will serve as the deacon and also give the sermon/eulogy.
 Other services will follow in Genoa at St. Charles at a later date.

Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.




    Rest in peace Anne. Thanks for keeping in touch with me throughout the years. I am so glad I met you and the rest of ‘the gang’ at St. Clara.

    Mary, thank you for reaching out to us in the last few days. Blessings to you.

    • Mary Donovan

      Shawn I miss Anne already; am used to talking to her everyday.
      I will see you ; please you are not going to just drop out of the Zabolio girls’ life. I am driving back and forth to Genoa from Lawrence Kansas several times this summer and will connect on one of those back and forth trips.
      Who could believe ????????

      • Jean

        My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I had the privilege of working with Anne as the Trempealeau County Commissioner, WI Mississippi River Parkway Commission. She was a wonderful woman, with a gentle and loving soul

  2. Ann DeMareo-Smith

    I will always remember Anne as a quiet leader With a beautiful laugh, a steady head and loving heart, a woman who loved family and friends, who made good efforts to stay connected with people she cared about, a good listener, a compassionate woman, a sweet friend starting in my life at a very pivotal time in my growing up years- reconnecting as if time stood still.
    I am very grateful and blest indeed to have known this other Anne (with an e) . A Mound girl supreme.

    • Malinda Hamilton

      I became friends with Anne when I rented her extra bedroom at Quail Run in Los Colinas, TX provided she used my rent money to continue her flying lessons. I never expected her to marry her instructor however, she loved to fly. She was like a sister to me. Yes a quiet leader who always thought of others & was always active in the communities where she lived! She was always studying to better herself even after retirement! Rest In Peace Sweet Anne.

    • Mary Donovan

      Ann without the e; beautiful sentiments about Anne.

  3. Julie Young

    Dear Mary, John and Ann’s children,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. I’m glad I got to visit Ann in Phoenix a couple years ago but was wondering recently why I hadn’t seen any posts from Ann.
    I loved her posts about Wisconsin history. She was a very special lady.

  4. Mary Z. McGrath

    I will miss my cousin Anne very much. Having been a pilot, may she travel the heavenly heights in her new life. Rest in peace, Anne.

    • Julie Tully

      My sympathy to Anne’s family. Always so sweet and welcoming to my mom. Anne had a gracious way of bringing people together.

      • Barb Nickelotti

        I went to grade school with Anne and reconnected with her after she moved back to Genoa. A very energetic woman! Condolences to her family and friends.

    • Eilish Ryan

      My sincere sympathy, Mary. They say , a cousin is a friend for life! RIP.

  5. Melinda Jankord-Steedman

    To Anne’s family, I send my deepest sympathy. We met on Facebook, having ancestors in common (my Gianoli and her Zaboglio). I am so sorry to learn of her passing. May she rest in peace.

    • Mary (Smith) Sheets

      Just got the news. This breaks my heart. Anne was just so full of life, fun and energy. Last time I saw her, she did a history tour for a bunch of us in Genoa. R.I.P. dear friend.

  6. Elizabeth Hatchett

    So sorry for your loss. I am happy I was able to meet and hang out with Anne. A sweet person

  7. Joan Ghelf Kennedy

    My deepest sympathy, Anne was such a great person. She always checked in on my mom whenever she was back in Genoa. Just lately we were able to catch a lunch or chat. She will be missed! Go in peace Anne! In my thoughts and prayers, Joan Ghelf Kennedy

  8. Paula Barron

    So sorry to lose this dear, funny and special friend. Blues skies and tailwinds fellow aviatrix. I will miss you. I know you and James are soaring high.

  9. Gabrielle Palmas

    Anne was one of the most kindhearted, spirited individuals I knew. I just adored her. I’m so glad she can squeeze James again, at the Genoa Motel in the sky. She’s definitely a guardian angel to all of us now.

  10. diane withers

    Blessings on Anne’s remaining family and those “on the other side” with her…Condolences, peace, and all good!

    Diane Withers

    • Maribeth Curti Jacobs

      I was so sad to hear the news of Anne’s death. Condolences to all her family and friends. I will miss our connections and visits. Until we meet again…

    • Sally Connelly

      Dear Zabolio Family, I knew Anne from St Clara Academy and her wonderful sister. I have nothing but wonderful memories of how she was the first young woman leader I knew. How she loved her family and Genoa. All my love and prayers to you.

  11. Linda Phillips

    My deepest condolences to Anne’s family and friends. My sister Maribeth and I were just talking about Anne, how kind she was – especially to our mother who enjoyed her company so much. She will not be forgotten!

  12. Sherry Quamme

    On behalf of WI Mississippi River Parkway Commission, I extend our sympathy to all of Anne’s family and friends. She was a terrific Commission member and friend. Anne served on the Commission twice and was such a strong advocate for education. She was passionate about the WI Great River Road National Scenic Byway and informing about the many wonderful treasures. Anne also was a community leader and helped us launch the “70 Mile Garage Sale – Rummage Along the River”. Anne will be so missed by all who knew her and connected with her in any way. Very sad. Sherry Quamme, Chairperson – WIMRPC, Ferryville, WI.

    • Mary Donovan

      Anne loved the river and was glad to be a part of the Wisconsin Mississippi River Parkway Commission. I will definitely take note of that in the eulogy I am giving Tuesday.

    • Jaynne Karels

      Just learned that Anne died. What a shock. Was planning on seeing her this Sept. We had lots of fun sliding and playing board games when we were kids. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

  13. Holly Barr

    I offer my deepest sympathy to Anne’s family. She was a dear friend, so very kind and gentle. I knew her as a member of the Dallas Chapter of the Ninety-Nines. She worked diligently to get our Chapter started with presenting STEM Seminars for Girl Scouts. Thanks to her successful efforts, we went on to present the seminars for 10 more years, teaching the girls about aviation, and planting the seeds for their future careers.
    We stayed in touch after Anne and James moved to Arizona, and then her move back to Genoa.
    I will miss Anne very much.

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