Helen E Johnson Annala
September 30, 1919 – March 27, 2014
Helen Elvira (Johnson) Annala, 94, of Troy, died Thursday morning, March 27, 2014.
She was born in Gardner, MA, on September 30, 1919, one of eight children of Axel and Lena (Lindell) Johnson.
Mrs. Annala grew up in and attended school in Gardner. She moved with her family to Troy in 1940. She worked for Troy Mills as a weaver for 33 years before her retirement. She was a member of the Troy Trinitarian Congregational Church, as well as a Women’s Auxiliary Member of the Fitzwilliam VFW. She was active with the Troy Seniors.
She married Ernest W. Annala on November 8, 1940, in Gardner, MA.
Known first as “Mummu” and then “Great-Mummu” to her family, Helen enjoyed spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She wouldn’t miss their baseball or softball games, school events, swimming times, or a chance to have the kids at her Nelson Street house. Her sweet tooth meant she was a regular at Kimball’s in Jaffrey every year from opening day through Columbus Day. Helen was always up for a “five-mile ride,” which often took her shopping with her daughters and back to Gardner to see her sister, Alice.
Mrs. Annala is survived by four grandchildren: Kara Steere, and her husband Andrew, of Lyndeborough, Alyson Tersigini, and her husband Vinnie, of Brookline, Alissa Delaney of Marlborough, and Christopher Hamilton, and Ann McClening, of Richmond; five great-grandsons: Tyler Delaney, Avery and Kellen Steere, Bennett Tersigni, and Riley Hamilton; her sons-in-law, Curtis T. Hamilton of Fitzwilliam and Michael Methe of Fitzwilliam; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest W. Annala; her daughters, Sheila A. Hamilton and Nancy C. Methe; and her siblings.
At Helen’s request, there are no public calling hours. A service will be held later in the spring at Mountain View Cemetery in Troy.
Memorial contributions may be made, in Helen’s name, to the Troy Trinitarian Congregational Church, Route 12, Troy, NH, 03465. Her family would like to express their deep thanks to the second-floor nursing staff at Langdon Place of Keene for their dedication and skillfulness in caring for all Helen’s needs.
Fletcher Funeral Home and Cremation Services, (www.fletcherfuneralhome.com) 33 Marlboro St, Keene has been entrusted with the arrangements.
- Graveside Service To Be Held In The Spring
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