LaFontsee – Annette “Annie” LaFontsee, age 81, peacefully left her earthly home for her heavenly home on Friday, December 18, 2020 after a long well fought battle with Alzheimers. Annie was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel “Jo” Curtis; stepfather, Gaylord Curtis; father, Llwyn LaFontsee; brother, LaWayne LaFontsee. Annie is survived by her best friend of 39 years, Kathy Katt; extended family, Claude, Esta, Terry, Linda, Randy and Karen Katt; nieces, nephews, and so many treasured friends.
Annie was a social worker. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Northern Michigan University and her master’s degree at Western Michigan.
Annie was an awesome artist, Secular Franciscan, rosary maker, golfer, and loved to fish. Annie loved animals and especially enjoyed visiting Oswald Bear Ranch in the UP and feeding the baby bears. Annie’s faith and Native American heritage were extremely important to her.
A very special thank you go to her team at Emmanuel Hospice, Audry, Becky, Nichole, and Sue for the excellent care they gave Annie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Emmanuel Hospice, 401 Hall Street SW #263, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, Kent County Animal Shelter, or the Humane Society. A celebration of Annie’s life will be held 11:00 AM Friday June 4, 2021 at Bella Vista Church, 5100 Belding Road NE, Rockford, MI. To share a photo, memory and to sign the online guestbook please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com
Anne was a great supervisor and a great social worker but most of all she was a wonderful friend. When she was my supervisor she would leave a new case in my mailbox- back in the day before everything became computerized. I would go to her office all stressed out about it and she would laugh at me. She also liked to rearrange my desk when I was gone! I will miss her sense of humor and kindness!
- Kim Van Ness
Ann was a very good social worker. She was a great employee and a great co-worker. I really enjoyed her sense of humor and she seemed to enjoy mine most of the time. If I teased her or pulled a jke on her she would say “Pay backs Bob Paybacks!” We will miss you Anne.
- Bob Monsma
Annie visited me in the mountains of North Carolina about 14 years ago. We had a great time string on the patio and enjoying a cocktail. In fact, I still have that bottle of Southern Comfort! Here’s to Annie. May she rest in power.
- Gayle Kemp
I knew Annie thru cutting her hair for a time. Our conversations took us on avast ride past and present. She was such a joy to talk with. Her smile and spark within I‚Äôll never forget.
- Marti Scrivener
Annie spent some time at Aquinas College and then moved on in her studies.¬† On behalf of the AQuinas community, we extend our heartfelt sympathy to Kathy and extended family.¬† She was a woman of deep faith who treasured her Native heritage.¬†¬†
May God grace you, her family, with Gratitude for her years among us and with Peace as together we celebrate her Risen Life in Christ.¬† ¬†Know of our prayerful support in the months ahead.
- Sister Mary Ann Barrett
Annie was a special person who was not afraid to question and explore “outside of the box”.¬† She had a gift of helping people help themselves.¬† Her spirit and the twinkle of her eyes will not leave here easily. Rest in peace, my friend.
- Pat Lindgren