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Margaret Ann Koelemij, who along with her husband, John, were founding members of the National Housing Endowment, died at her home in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sept. 3. She was 84.
The longtime endowment supporters were named endowment Founding Advocates in 2008 when they committed a six-figure donation to the leadership and growth of the philanthropic arm of NAHB. John Koelemij served as NAHB's president in 1985.
Ann Koelemij was a member of the Women’s Council, now NAHB’s Professional Women in Building.
She also was a dedicated volunteer in her home town where she served on the Big Bend Girl Scout Council and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, and she was the coordinator for the Interdenominational Chapel in Tallahassee. An active member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, she received its highest honor, Volunteer of the Year, in 2011 for her community work.
A native of Northampton, Mass., Koelemij graduated from Mount Holyoke College and then taught school for Standard Oil in Aruba of the then Netherland Antilles, where she met and married her husband in 1951. The couple moved to Tallahassee in 1955.
Koelemij is survived by her husband, John Koelemij; and three children, Karen Ann, Kevin John and John Jacob Koelemij; a daughter-in-law Shannon Koelemij; four grandchildren, Courtney Ann, Jacob Alexander, Kostijn Lee and Anna Nicole Koelemij; and a brother, Peter Urbon .