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Obituary for Annette R. Fetzer

Annette Rose (Smith) Fetzer

Annette R. Fetzer, age 67, of Portland, died at Sparrow Hospital on March 31, 2019 after a long battle with Fibromyalgia, and more recently, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Annette was born on September 11, 1951 in Ionia, MI., the daughter of Carl P. and Cecilia (Cook) Smith. She graduated from St. Patrick High School in Portland, married Thomas C. Fetzer on March 6, 1971, and retired from Michigan Bell/Ameritech after 28 years of service.

Annette was Co-Queen of the Portland Red Hatters (River Hatters) group and enjoyed planning their outings. She was a member of the St. Patrick handbell choir, enjoyed music, dancing, travel to tropical places and summers at the Silver Lake Sand Dunes. Annette was known for her willingness to lend a helping hand to others.

Annette was preceded in death by her father, Carl P. Smith; father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Irene Fetzer; and sister-in-law, Ann (Fetzer) Stonebrook.

Surviving is her husband of 48 years, Thomas Fetzer of Portland; mother, Cecilia Smith of Hastings; siblings, Agnes (William) Fedewa of Shelby Twp., Mary Ann (John) Augst of Sunfield, Loretta (Thomas) Schelter of East Lansing, and Ronald (Patricia) Smith of Grand Ledge; in-laws, Pete (Patricia) Fetzer of Indian River and Gary Fetzer of Mulliken; 10 nieces and nephews; 1 step-niece; 1 step-nephew; aunts, Lucille Fedewa, Rhesa Cook, Susan Cook; and many cousins.

Annette was loved and will be greatly missed by her family and many friends.

There will be no services held. Memorial contributions may be made to Portland St. Patrick’s Fr. Flohe Foundation or the Portland Community Fund in memory of Annette. Online condolences may be made at

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