RINDGE - Annie A. Smith, 44, of Rindge died peacefully on Friday Aug. 8, 2014 at her residence surrounded by the love of her family, following a courageous battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) sometimes called Lou Gehrig's Disease.
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Annie was born May 29, 1970 in Fitchburg, Mass., daughter of Michael and Elaine (Seppala) Olson. Annie spent her formative years in Rindge and was a graduate of Conant High School in Jaffrey.
Annie was the owner/operator of Central Square Café in Troy.
Annie cherished the time spent with family and especially with her daughter.
Survivors include her husband of seven years, Rocky K. Smith of Rindge; her daughter, Simone Ardelle (Niemela) Aho and husband, Ethan of Rindge; her mother of Rindge; three brothers, Carl Olson and wife, Christine; Dana Olson and wife, Tara; Aaron Olson and wife, Kimberly; all of Rindge. Six sisters, Irene Kinnunen and husband, Danny of Taylors, S.C.; Ardelle Aho and husband, Daniel; Elmi Olin and husband, Larry; Naomi Olin and husband, Gordy; Ina Hakala and husband, Scott; Ramona Bowen and husband, Brent all of Rindge; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her father Michael Olson and her brother Andrew Olson.
Family and friends are warmly invited to call on Tuesday Aug. 12, 2014 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Christian Outreach Church, 199 North Street in Rindge.
Funeral services will be held at the church on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
Mr. Lars Stenersen will officiate.
Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery on Goddard Road in Rindge.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made in Annie's memory to Compassionate Care ALS, 752 West Falmouth Highway, Falmouth, Mass. 02540.
The Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jaffrey is assisting the family with arrangements. To view an online memorial, send a condolence to Annie's family or for more information, please visit www.cournoyerfh.com.
Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center
33 River Street Jaffrey, NH 03452-0486
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Aug. 12, 2014