CAMERON PARK, Calif. - Andrea S. (Grunert) Ansell, age 51, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Nov. 24, 2013, in Cameron Park, Calif. Andrea fought a courageous 12 year battle with cancer, always determined to wake up every day and do her best.
Andrea was born in Madison, Wis., on April 5, 1962, to Robert and Helen (Spencer) Grunert. She was raised in Madison, and graduated from Memorial High School in 1980. She moved to California in 1986, and on July 1, 1989, she married Rick Ansell in Sacramento, Calif. Together they had two beautiful children, Ryan and Taylor. Andrea loved life, her friends and most of all her family. She was immersed in her hobby as a Shih Tzu breeder, following her passion and enjoying a business she had always dreamed of. She also loved the California Mountains and Coastline, but some of her favorite vacations were spent visiting family and enjoying summer trips to northern Wisconsin.
Andrea is survived by her loving husband, Rick; daughter, Taylor, both of Cameron Park, Calif.; and her son, Ryan of Lake Bluff, Ill. She is also survived by her siblings, Marcia Page, (Gary Wrolstad), Jennifer Westphal, Jeff Grunert, all of Wisconsin, and Robin Haehnlen (Kevin) of Perris, Calif. She is further survived by nephews, Andrew Lister (son, Caleb) and Justin Grunert, of Wisconsin; and nieces, April and Jessica Luthe of Sacramento, Calif. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Betty J. Ansell of Coronado, Calif.; sisters-in-law, Sue (Randy) Dick of Lake Bluff, Ill., and Sally (Jerry) Bailey of San Jose, Calif. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Helen Grunert; and father-in-law, Harold L. Ansell.
The family would like to acknowledge Andrea's many wonderful friends who spent so much time helping her during her illness, and the staff at Snowline Hospice in Placerville for their compassionate care.
Andrea will be missed by many, including her special Shih Tzu companions, Roscoe and Bella. Andrea had a strong Bible based faith of being among "The meek that inherit the earth" - Psalm 37:10,11,29. "We will hold you tightly within our hearts, and there you will remain, until the joyous day arrives that we will meet again."