Annette Muller Ahern, age 98, passed away on March 8, 2023. She was preceded in death by parents Viola and Alfred Muller, and her beloved husband John Ahern. Annette grew up as Annette Muller, being moved from school to school in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Scarsdale, New York. Working as a model in a downtown Minneapolis department store, Annette developed her love of style. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Annette married her college sweetheart John Ahern, and lived the next 70 plus years in an exciting life of travel, close friendships, family, and surprisingly successful athletic accomplishments, considering she grew up as a city girl who never had a bicycle. Annette excelled at tennis, skied the highest mountains in the US, Canada and Europe, played high handicap golf (although she did have 2 holes-in-one after the age of 80!), and snorkeled many times around her favorite British Virgin Islands. Secure in her deep faith and love of God, Annette graduated from a 4-year “Education for Ministry” program sponsored by The University of the South. Always fiercely loyal and with love for her husband, their three sons, and her large family circle, Annette maintained the family home on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, where she swam in the refreshing waters and raced sailboats with her husband. Annette accompanied her husband in the early years of their marriage as they built up the family businesses, traveling throughout the US and Europe. In Minnesota, Annette enjoyed her memberships in the Lafayette Club, the Minneapolis Club, the Miscellaneous Club, and the now-disbanded Twin Town Investors. In Florida, Annette was an active member of the St. Andrews Club in Delray Beach, the Manalapan Yacht Club, and the Palm Beach Circumnavigators Club. She was an accomplished and always improving bridge player, and will be dearly missed by her Wednesday afternoon girls and her Friday afternoon boys. Whether volunteering in hospitals, attending cooking school, taking University classes, organizing dinner parties for business associates, friends and family, or entertaining senior citizens in retirement homes with her tapdancing group, Annette brought her enthusiasm and skills to every occasion while still finding time to be a voracious reader, mother to her family, and opening her home to many extended family events. She is survived by her sons John (Denise), Philip (Heidi) and Paul (Mary); grandchildren Kelly, Andrea Vogel (Brock), Sam (Kara), Diane, Jack (Samantha), Emilie Climer, Natalie Welsch and Isaac Welsch; and great grandchildren Hannah and Alex. There will be a private interment at St. Martin’s By the Lake Church in Minnetonka Beach at a later date.
Huber Funeral & Cremation Services
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