Ann Jankovich

By The Mercury

Ann Jankovich, 83, died Friday, October 25, 2013, at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan.

The family provided some of the following information:

Ann was born May 13, 1930 in Gary, Ind. She was the daughter of Harry and Grace Geoghegan. She graduated from Lew Wallace High School in Gary and Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., with a degree in business education.

She began her teaching career at Morton High School in Hammond, Ind., in 1952. She married her high school and college sweetheart, Jack Jankovich on Jan. 22, 1954 in Gary.

After the birth of her first son, she stopped teaching to stay at home with her family. The family moved to Overland Park from Gary in 1964 where she became involved in PTA and Cub Scouts and also began substitute teaching.

In 1967 the family moved to Manhattan where she resided until her death. In Manhattan, Ann was involved in the Welcome Wagon, Creative Cookery, Manhattan Marlins, Pilot Club, AAUW and was an avid bridge player.

In 1974, she began teaching at Manhattan Area Vo-Tech (now Manhattan Area Technical College) and also began work on her master’s degree at Kansas State University.

In 1976 she began her career at K-State teaching in the College of Business Administration and then moved to the College of Education as the department head of the business education program until her retirement in 2005.

While at K-State, she served in the Faculty Senate, was a pioneer in vocational education and began the effort to get high school accounting classified as an advanced placement credit course. She was a member of Pi Omega Pi professional fraternity as well as Gold Key. In 1987 she received the KSU Conoco Distinguished Professor of the Year award and in 2005 the KSU Teacher of the Year award by Kappa Delta Pi.

Ann enjoyed traveling and watching her children and grandchildren grow, compete and perform.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; son Rich and his wife Caroline of Manhattan; son Tim and his wife Cindy of Dallas; grandchildren, Jillian Jankovich of Omaha, Neb., Nick Jankovich of Manhattan, Katelin Reeves of Indianapolis and Michael Jankovich of Dallas; and nephews, Jim Daubenheyer of Valparaiso, Ind., and Dave Daubenheyer of Indianapolis.

She was proceeded in death by her parents, in-laws and sisters, Sue Daubenheyer and Mary Tibble.

Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday,  Oct. 30, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., in Manhattan with the Rev. R. Cam McConnell officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ann G. Jankovich Memorial Fund in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Ave., Manhattan, KS 66502.

Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at

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