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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences