Shirley Descorbeth. From Originally posted on June 25, 2016. Original article.

Summer won’t be the same for the Nefzger family.

“Summer is just beginning. Fairs are here and we’ll just be without Anna,” said Randy Nefzger, Anna’s uncle.

Family and friends of 13-year-old Anna Nefzger are devastated about their loss. “All the kids from school are here to support her right now. Anna was a real role model, she’ll be really missed,” he added.

The Iowa State Patrol says she was driving an ATV on Friday evening in rural Manchester, but then somehow lost control. The ATV then went into a ditch.


Her uncle Randy says her death was instant. “When it flipped on top of her, it pinned her right underneath on the frame side, it was an instant deal.”

Anna’s family says she grew up around farm equipment. She even knew how to drive big combines and tractors, but something went wrong with the ATV. “When she crossed the road, there’s a little nut on the front end that turned loose on the mule, and unfortunately it let the wheel turn in, she couldn’t control the steering on it,” Randy said.

And now, family and friends are remembering Anna as the farm girl who they say, could do it all. “She’ll be with us in another way…when you see her smile…she got a smile like no other,” said Randy.

Anna leaves behind her parents and two siblings.

She was just one week away from her 14th birthday.



A 13-year-old is dead after an ATV accident in Delaware County.

Iowa State Patrol says this happened Friday on 245th Avenue, just east of Delaware.

Reports say 13-year-old Anna Marie Nefzger of Manchester was crossing Highway 20 when she lost control of her ATV and went into a ditch. The ATV rolled on top of her and pinned her.

She was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.