The Unknown Life of Anna Lozing

By Violet Suta Moran

ISBN: 978-1-955656-42-9


What would you do if a member of your family began to exhibit unusual or even dangerous behavior? What if they began to talk constantly, not making sense? What if they became obsessed about speaking with God? What if they ran naked in street traffic, or shut down and refused to do anything at all?

It is still difficult in 2022 to get the correct treatment for a family member who shows signs of mental illness. But when the family of Anna Ehli Lozing faced such an agonizing decision in the 1920s, mental health specialists were uncommon in the United States generally, and they were practically nonexistent in Montana, where Anna and her large family of German-Russian immigrants had settled in a small remote homestead.

Hannah Lozing, one of Anna’s eight children, asked the author to write about the difficult life her mother endured to pay homage to her mother’s strength and resilience. This book is a testament to one woman’s brave response to the overwhelming challenges in her life.

156 page softcover

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Violet Suta Moran

Violet Suta Moran grew up in the same rural area of Montana where her grandparents homesteaded. She did not know her grandmother Anna Ehli Lozing until becoming a student nurse training in psychiatric nursing at the same institution where Anna was a patient. Violet’s mother asked that she write a story about Anna because she thought Anna ought to have some recognition for the difficult and unfair life that she lived.

Violet developed a notable reputation in her nursing career. Among her accomplishments was creation of the first intensive care unit in Madison, Wisconsin, in May 1963, one of the first in the nation. She has published in nursing journals, held offices in nursing associations, and taught many workshops in management and continuing education.

After working in nursing administration at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, she spent several years managing her own consulting business. Retirement has given her time to travel extensively, to begin writing stories, and to become involved in fostering and dancing to blues music.

Violet has three sons and five grandchildren. Several friends of her sons are called “bonus sons” because of their close relationships. Although her heart is in Montana, she enjoys living in the beautiful and exciting city of Madison, Wisconsin.