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JAMES, Annette Flora

March 4, 1920 – Girvin, Saskatchewan
January 18, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Annette passed away peacefully on January 18, 2015 at the age of 94 years at the Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary, AB.

Annette’s family spent her last hours by her side and we know that it gave her great comfort to have her loved ones gathered around reminiscing. She was part of a large close knit family from Girvin, SK. Annette lived independently in her own home until the age of 93. It is a testament to her amazing strength that she was able to walk from her home almost daily to the neighbourhood Brentwood Mall. She lived in the same house in Charleswood for 53 years and was known by all her neighbours. Annette loved her community, taking care of her home and gardening. She had a great sense of humour, loved people, working, and having fun. She had a very inquisitive mind and always kept up on current affairs, pouring over her beloved Calgary Herald with Talk Radio on in the background. She loved sports, constantly cheering on the underdog. She had a 30 year career at the Highlander Hotel as a banquet waitress and she was 77 when she reluctantly retired. Annette will be greatly missed by all that knew her.

Annette will be lovingly remembered by her sons, Brad (Deb), Greg (Debby) and daughter Janelle (Gerry) Donaldson; grandchildren Matt (Rachel), Abbey, Emma, Alanna (Domenyk) Leach, and Nicole (Dylan) Straka-Allen; great grandchildren Camdyn, Gemma and Jade; and her siblings, Carl Kochendorfer, George Koch, Lyle Kosh and Ella Kochendorfer. Annette adored all her grandchildren and especially loved it when her 3 little great granddaughters visited and brought their latest artwork for her, which she proudly displayed. She was predeceased by her siblings; Fred Kochendorfer, June Baldwin, Marie Wagner, Evelyn Lewko and Florence Adams.

Condolences may be forwarded through The family wishes to extend their thanks to the staff at Whitehorn Village, The Fanning Centre and special thanks to Laura and Cathy from Unit 83 at the Rockyview General Hospital.

In living memory of Annette James, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Marie and Jim Leach :

    We have been so lucky to me meet and get to know “Grandma” over the years Domenyk and Alanna have been together. She used to call us “The Domenyk’s”.
    She will always be a fond part of our memories.
    Marie and Jimmi

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  2. Darce Hunter (Baldwin) :

    My Thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time. Many.. many fond memories of Auntie Net. She is with her sisters now and I’m sure they are having a good old Kochendorfer hen party. XOXO

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  3. Kathleen Theriault :

    I want to say that Annette James, mother of my longtime friend Janelle, will always be remembered as a very strong and independent women whom I admired for her tenacity and love for life. My deepest heartfelt sympathy and condolences to my friend Janelle and all of the family at this time of loss.

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  4. I would like to give my deepest condolences to “my adopted sister” Janelle and brothers Brad and Greg who have lost the strongest woman I have known, Annette James their Mother.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you now.

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  5. Love and sincere condolences to my dearest friend Janelle and her family. I always admired Janelle’s mother, she was a fiercely independent and remarkable woman. Annette James will be missed by all who loved her.

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  6. Annette had a great sense of humour and treated all her kids friends like family. She always asked me “How did you get so tall?” I will remember her strong work ethic and the kindness she showed me.

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  7. Darell, Kathy, Evan & Noah Lewko :

    We offer our warmest and heartfelt condolences to our cousins; Brad, Greg, Janelle and the extended James family.

    It is still hard to believe that our Aunt Annette has passed away, she was so strong and independent. We remember countless times when we were out and about to find Annette having a coffee in McDonalds at Wal-Mart. She was the first one to meet our son, Noah, outside the hospital when he was born at that same Wal-Mart McDonalds years ago.

    When at home, Annette was always quick to offer us “pie” or some other refreshment the moment we dropped by to visit. She remained the best-friend to her sister (my mother) Evelyn, and she must have missed those extended daily telephone conversations between them once my mom passed away. I hope they can get together now, as there is some catching up to do.

    We always admired and respected Annette’s strength and independent spirit. Each of us hopes to follow Annette’s example by continuing to Stampede well into our 90’s (should we be so blessed). Annette never grew old as she was always young at heart.

    I need to recount the time Annette took me (Darell) to a Calgary Flames games. We were late to arrive and park, Annette was out pacing me up the steps of Saddledome, she had an urgency of stride and a stamina of a person half my age. We watched and enjoyed the typical game until the mid-third period. At that point, I am sure she was having some kind of conversation with the coaching staff of her beloved Flames. Out on the ice strides Tim Hunter and it wasn’t long until Tim was involved in some beat down or other. As with any WWE or Stampede Wrestling match, Annette cheered for each blow-by-blow. It wasn’t long and the officials arrested the match. With Tim dispatched to the box, Annette began to gather her things and head for the door. Stunned, I assumed we would stay to watch the team win the game, but Annette we thoroughly satisfied that Mr. Hunter had performed his duty. And with that, she left the building.

    So, I believe Annette gave life the best fight she could give it, enjoyed every second of it, and at the appropriate time, with no fight left- she left the building. With loving memories on behalf of the Lewko family, God Bless You, Aunt Annette.

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