(PRWEB) September 17, 2010
On September 7th, 2010, the world lost a very rare soul: a poet and philosopher, a survivor and freedom fighter, and the matriarch of the baseball family. Annelisé Edith Kluver Cartwright was born in Berlin on Sept. 7th, 1926, and spent most of her childhood enduring the oppression and horrors of WWII. After surviving the devastation, she made it to Frankfurt where she was able to finally express herself as a poet, singer and actress.
While working at Radio Frankfurt, she met U.S. Naval Officer William Edward Cartwright, who had previously been stationed at Pearl Harbor during the attack. With the war behind them, he swept her off her feet and moved her to Hawaii, where they wed and started a family. A son, Alexander IV, was born in 1955, named after his great-grandfather, Alexander Joy Cartwright Jr., the "father of modern baseball." In 1959, Annelisé gave birth to a daughter, Anna B., and on September 17th that year, she became a naturalized American citizen.
She was honored in the U.S. Congressional Records on August 18, 1964, when a transcript of a speech she had given, entitled "What the American flag means to me," was read on the floor of the House of Representatives. In it, she recounted her dark years in Nazi Germany and contrasted them with the life of freedom and liberty she experienced as an American.
Annelisé and her husband started an import/export business in 1965 after they moved their family to California. They returned to Hawaii in 1985 and she took a job at the Kahala Hilton where she worked as a secretary and as an assistant to actor Jack Lord and his wife. When William took ill in 1986, they relocated to Seattle to live near son Alex and their grandchildren. After he passed away in October, 1989, Annelisé moved to Los Angeles live with her daughter, Anna.
For the next 20 years, she helped Anna with her design studio, handling everything from bookkeeping to picking out fabrics. Since Anna's clients included famous musicians, Annelisé often found herself entertaining rock stars in the waiting room sharing "ales and tales" for hours. Together they formed a unique relationship that others described as being more like sisters than mother and daughter. But her maternal instincts always arose whenever she felt Anna was being taken advantage of - or when the music was too loud! This bond continued throughout Annelisé's final days where she died peacefully at home with her daughter and two cats, Kakui and Willie, by her side.
Annelisé Cartwright is survived by Anna, Alex and his family. She will be buried next to her husband in the Nuuanu Cemetery in Honolulu on Monday, September 20th, 2010.