Annette passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at the Hillsboro Medical Center Hospital at the age of 82, surrounded by her loving family. Annette Arends was born on September 7, 1934, the daughter of Harem and Nellie (Saxberg) Arends. She was raised outside of Middle River, MN on a dairy farm and graduated from Middle River High School. She then went on to teachers college and taught in the town of Trail, MN for a short time. Annette was united in marriage to Millard on June 12, 1955 in Middle River, MN. Together they made their home their home in Caledonia. She moved into Hillsboro in 2002 where she has lived since. Annette worked at Crystal Sugar for many years until her retirement. Annette was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro where she was very active in various church activities. Annette also, volunteered her time at the Vets Club and Senior Citizen’s Center as much as she possibly could. She loved spending time with people, quilting, sewing, gardening, and traveling. All her neighbors, friends, and family members will sadly miss her. Annette is survived by her sons, Mark (Shelly) Stigen of Caledonia, ND and David Stigen of Casper, WY; grandchildren – Andrew (Christy) Stigen of Cheyenne, WY and Emily Stigen of Casper, WY; great-granddaughter, Skylar Stigen; step-grandchildren Lisa and Carissa and step-great grandchildren – Brennan, Ryan, Amaria and Adriana. She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard; and her siblings – Bernice, David and infant sister, Wilma. FUNERAL SERVICE: 11 AM Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro, ND VISITATION: one hour prior to the service in the church on Tuesday BURIAL: Caledonia Cemetery in Caledonia, ND In-lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Caledonia Cemetery.

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  1. I am sorry for your loss, Mark & David. In the last few years I had the pleasure of visiting with your mom on numerous occasions. She was an exceptional person, and so passionate in helping others. So greatly, she will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  2. My sympathies and prayers to family and friends at this time.
    I’ve known Annette for only 3 months but got acquainted with her quickly as I saw her often each week at church, care center, etc. In fact, she was one of the first people I met who is a member of Our Savior’S Luth Ch. I had just moved to Hillsboro and was doing a few errands; I was parked in front of the hardware store and my next stop was the post office but I couldn’t remember exactly where it was. There was a woman (Annette) who got out of the car next to mine who looked relatively friendly, and I asked if she could tell me where the post office was. And so she did. Then I introduced myself as the new pastor at OSLC. Annette got so excited and we gave each other a hug. That set the tone of our relationship. I fell in love with Annette. I thank God for the opportunity to know and love Annette and for all the love of God which she spread throughout her life. I will miss her fiercely as will others.
    Pastor Julie Johnson

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