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Antoinette Kaczmarek, 71

Antoinette “Annette” M. Kaczmarek, age 71, of Silver Lake, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 at the Hutchinson hospital.

She was born April 19, 1940, in Silver Lake, the daughter of George and Angeline (Nowak) Kaczmarek.

Annette worked at the Adult Training and Habilitation Center in Winsted and in Hutchinson.  Even though she had poor hearing and was blind, she used her sense of touch to find out who was visiting her. 

Annette was a very smart speller and could trace letters with her fingers to distinguish words.  She enjoyed reciting various recipes from memory. 

Some of Annette’s favorite things were sitting by friends, lotion rubs, and her meals . . . especially chicken and strawberry shakes. 

Annette made many friends throughout the years and was truly loved by everyone. She will be sadly missed by her entire family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Maynard Kaczmarek; and aunts and uncles.

Annette is survived by a brother, Leonard (Dorothy) Kaczmarek of Litchfield; sisters Pat (Jim) Lemke of Wisconsin, and Bridget Kaczmarek of Mankato; nieces Elizabeth Lemke and Christine Lemke; aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

A private funeral service took place Friday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake with Father Tony Stubeda as the celebrant.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake assisted the family with arrangements.