Annette was born June 8, 1939 in Tappen, ND and grew up on the family farm. She graduated from Tappen High School in 1957. Annette was an adventurous woman who was vivacious and spontaneous, and full of life. For a number of years, she worked for Northwest Airlines as a reservation agent and traveled the world with her sister Mary. They also lived in various places around the country, including Minneapolis, Atlanta, Portland, and San Francisco.
During the late 1960s, Annette attended Galileo School of Nursing in San Francisco, where she earned an LVN degree. In 1972, she gave birth to her only child, a daughter, Michelle Marie. The family moved back to North Dakota shortly thereafter, eventually settling in Fargo. In Fargo, Annette worked as a Realtor for Century 21 for some years before returning to nursing at Dakota Hospital as part of the Surgical floor. She was also a longtime member of Nativity Catholic Church. In 1989, Annette and Mary relocated to West Lafayette, IN, where she began working at Home Hospital. While there, she joined Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.
In the late 1990s, Annette returned to North Dakota, this time to Bismarck, and worked for Missouri Slope Nursing Home until she retired in the early 2000s to spend more time with her sisters. Annette enjoyed traveling a great deal, and during the last twenty years of her life, she was able to revisit places she had been in her youth, such as Egypt and Ireland, as well as go places she had never been before, like Switzerland and Australia. As late as 2014, she climbed a mountain in Iceland. Annette was also an excellent craftswoman, who especially enjoyed painting and sewing. She was deeply spiritual, and loved being a Eucharistic Minister at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Most recently, Annette moved back to Fargo to be nearer to her daughter.
Annette is preceded in death by her parents, 4 sisters, and 4 brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Michelle M. Sauer (Adam Bures), Fargo, ND; and two sisters, Eloise, Vancouver, WA, and LaVerne, Fargo, ND.
Annette died of Appendiceal Cancer, which is an incredibly rare disease.
The family welcomes donations, in lieu of flowers, to the Appendix Cancer / Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Research Foundation.
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