Ann Grimwood Bruins

Ann Bruins (née Grimwood), age 83 passed away in hospice
care on February 5, 2022 in Middleton, Wisconsin. Ann is
survived by her husband, Otto William “Bill” Bruins, Jr.; daughter,
Sara Elisabeth Bruins; and brother, Brian Grimwood. She is
preceded in death by her parents and sister, Hazel Grimwood
Ann was born on July 19, 1938 in Sandwich, Illinois to Maurice
Henry “Morris” Grimwood and Grace Emma (Conover)
Grimwood. After attending public school in Yorkville, Illinois, she
graduated from Blackburn College in 1960 with a degree in
English. Afterwards she moved to Tucson, Arizona to live near her sister and work as a legal
secretary. In 1962, Ann and Bill married and moved to Newport, Rhode Island where they lived
for a short time. They moved to Louisville, Kentucky in 1963; Sara was born about a year later.
The family moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 1979, and then Ann and Bill moved to Middleton,
Wisconsin in 2016.
Ann was a highly caring and nurturing person with a wonderful way of connecting deeply with
family and friends. Her support and kind encouragement helped to bring out the best in others.
She lived life with creativity and imagination, sharing stories, singing, and creating beautiful
things. She loved to read and had fun sharing and discussing her insights with others. She
also cherished nature and enjoyed soaking up its beauty. Her lovely essence is woven into our
hearts and will endure in our memories of her. Now she has gone to where there is “Wind in
the Willows”.
A date for a memorial service will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, please send donations
to Agrace Hospice Care at 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison WI 53711 or
or Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy at P.O. Box 628242, Middleton, WI 53562-8242.
Condolences can be sent to O. William Bruins at 3111 Pheasant Branch Road, Middleton, WI
53562. The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice Care and Agrace Age At Home for their
kind care.