Anna Artho, 91, died in the peace of Christ, January 16, 2023. Anna was born in 1931, in
Widnau, Switzerland to Xavier and Josy Balmer. She trained as an au pair and nurse for four
years earning a licensed nursing diploma. Anna than married a handsome Swiss Army Officer,
Alfred Moritz Artho, in 1954. They immigrated to the United States on July 4, 1955. Together
they settled on the Santa Ysabel Ranch where Alfred was employed as a dairy herdsman. The
happy couple learned English and became United States citizens in the early 1960s. Anna gave
birth to and raised eight wonderful children (5 boys and 3 girls). Needing even further
challenge, Anna established an at home daycare center for young children which she managed
with the assistance of her husband from 1970 through 2015. Numerous local children of two
generations knew her as Anna the loving mom. She also faithfully participated in and directed
numerous parish activities at the Santa Ysabel Indian Mission since 1955.
Anna is predeceased by her husband, Alfred, and survived by children: Alfred and wife Donna,
Cornel and wife Shelby, Lucy and husband James, Benno and wife Debra, Marianne and partner
Nam, Beatrice and husband Paul, Toni and wife Rachel, Daniel and wife Sandy, and eleven
Funeral Mass to be held 11 a.m., January 27, 2023, at the Santa Ysabel Indian Mission.
Visitation followed by the Rosary are prior to Mass between 9 and 10:30a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Santa Ysabel Indian Mission.
Bonham Bros & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.