Anna Thoele was born on July 20, 1870 in Douglas Township, Effingham County, Illinois. Her parents are Fred Thoele and Mary A. ????.

She married Bernard Koester and they had eight children. From the first born to the last, they were Fred, Frances, Edward, Lawrence, Amelia, Martha, Katherine, and Rose.

Her occupation was that of a housewife and lived in rural Ridgefield for 29 years at Route 2 - Box 627.

Anna died on October 10, 1951 in Vancouver, Washington at the age of 81 years. She died at Clark County Hospital of cerebral hemorrhage. The attending physician was Gerald W. Frudey, M.D. She was buried on October 13, 1951 at St. Mary's Cemetery, West Pioneer, Washington.