Ann Durham Weinrichter, 87, died on Monday, June 22, 2009 at The Sequoias, Portola Valley, Calif.
She was born in Greencastle on April 11, 1922, the daughter of the late Senator Andrew E. and Aura Sawyer Durham. Ann was supposed to be a son and named after her father. The name Ann was a nice girl's name, so the problem was solved by naming her Ann Drew.
She was a 1940 graduate of Greencastle High School and obtained her BA at DePauw University in 1940, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She then moved to California, where she was employed by Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Studios in the Scenario Department.
She was a war bride and married Ralph M. Weinrichter in La Jolla, Calif. on Aug. 2, 1945 when he got a 10-day leave while his ship was in port.
After the war, Ralph graduated from DePauw with a BA in economics. The couple then moved to Menlo Park, Calif., where Ralph was employed with Del Monte Corporation.
Mrs. Weinrichter was active in the Woodside-Atherton Auxiliary for children, benefiting the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. She enjoyed cooking, needlework, sewing and social bridge.
Survivors include her husband, daughter Kathryn Weinrichter-Sundeen and husband Leo, brother J. Frank Durham, sister Aura May Durham and a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces, etc.
Ann will be buried in a family plot in Riverview Cemetery in South Bend.