FRANCES A. ANNETTE - BURLINGTON - Frances A. "Fran" Annette went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on July 9, 2013. She was 83 years old, and a resident of Birchwood Terrace where she was affectionately known as "Frannie." Frannie died of natural causes, surrounded by her family and those who loved her at Birchwood Terrace. Frances was born into a large, extended Italian family on Feb. 24, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Frank and Anna LaDolce. She had an older brother, Tony, and a younger sister, Marilyn. She was most influenced by her paternal grandmother, Anna, who taught Frances good manners and how to treat people with kindness and respect. She fondly remembered family outings to Brighton Beach and Coney Island. Frances attended New Utrecht High School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, graduating at the age of 16. She completed two years at Hunter College, and went to work in Manhattan at an advertising agency where she met her husband, Fred. She and Fred were married in December 1954. They moved out of NYC to Long Island in the late 1950's. They raised their two children, Donna and Jonathan, both born in the early 1960's. Fran enjoyed cooking, often experimenting with new recipes and techniques. Fran's family fondly remember her meals because they had a distinctive flavor and flair that was Fran's alone. She was an avid gardener, growing everything from vegetables to bonsai trees. She was an early riser who enjoyed her morning coffee with a book or crossword puzzle. Fran volunteered extensively at church and in her children's schools. In 1973, Fran went to work as a Tax Examiner for the Internal Revenue Service, until 1986. A quick learner with a keen eye, after two months on the job she was asked to train new employees. In 1986, she and Fred moved to Port St. Lucie, Fla. While in Florida, Fran acquired her well known affection for frogs, which inspired her to write a book for her grandchildren, "Alfie," the story of a frog who had much to teach an alligator about life. Florida provided Fran with a yearround opportunity to enjoy her passion for gardening. Fran started a third career in property management in 1990, which lasted for more than 11 years. She and Fred moved to Burlington in 2003. After Fred passed away in 2003, Fran began a new life as a resident of the Pines in South Burlington, volunteering her time to committees and clubs. Frannie's family is tremendously grateful to the Special Care Unit at Birchwood Terrace Nursing Home, Burlington, her home since April 2011, for the love, care and support they provided. Because of the special relationships that she had with the staff and residents, Frannie thrived despite the many physical setbacks she suffered. She was well loved and known for her smile, no-nonsense style and politeness. Through it all, she did not complain about her health issues, but resolved to make the best of the life she had been given by God. She is survived by her daughter, Donna M. Huber and husband, Jeffrey, of Williston; son, Jonathan J. Annette Sr. and wife, Mary, of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, Timothy Huber and wife, Lauren, of Raleigh, N.C., Stephanie Huber of Monterrey, Mexico, Chelsea Huber of Williston, Jonathan J. Annette Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla., and Jayson Greenfield of Tallahassee, Fla. She is also survived by her sister, Marilyn Oaken of Clarksville, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred; brother, Anthony LaDolce; and her parents. Visiting hours will be on Friday, July 12, 2013, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Ready Funeral Home Mountain View Chapel, 68 Pinecrest Dr. in Essex. A graveside service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Fort Ethan Allen Cemetery in Colchester. Online condolences may be made to www.readyfuneral.com
. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Special Care Unit of Birchwood Terrace, 43 Starr Farm Road, Burlington, VT 05408.