Annettie (Nettie) Merithew LaFontaine, 91, of Northport, surrounded by her family, peacefully passed from this life on Earth into the loving arms of her heavenly father Feb. 24, 2013, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Rockland.

Annettie was born to Carl and Arlettie (Lear) Merithew April 20, 1921. She graduated from Crosby High School in 1941. It was during a roller skating event that Nettie met the love of her life, Robert LaFontaine, who at the time was home on leave from the Army. They married on Robert's birthday, Mar. 24, in 1947. Nettie was a longtime member of the Northport Community Church and a prominent figure at Waldo County General Hospital as a hospital aide, where she volunteered more than 4,200 hours from 1976 to 2008, making her one of the top 10 volunteers. She always considered WCGH. her second home. She loved gardening, watching the wildlife that would appear outside her window and picnics. Most of all though, she simply loved being with her family.

Nettie was predeceased by her loving husband Robert, a brother, Ronald Merithew, two great-great-grandchildren, Daemyn and Andrew Webber, and her parents.

She is survived by her four children, Linda Sheldon and her husband, Richard, of Caribou, Robert LaFontaine Jr. of Northport, Martha Toothaker and her husband, John, of Rockland, and Christine Ridley and her husband, Clifford, of Richmond; six grandchildren, Kim Clark, Chip and his wife, Jaylynn Sheldon, Joshua and his wife, Karen Toothaker, Brian Toothaker and his fiancee, Lorraine Ritzi, Megan Ridley, and Nicholas Ridley and his fiancee, Cassandra Jordan; seven great-grandchildren, Ashley and Alicia Clark, Courtney and Ricky Sheldon, Cara Toothaker, Hayley Tufts and Braeden Toothaker; a sister-in-law, Edna Hemingway; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces; and her very dear friend Geraldine Molis.

The family would like to send a special thanks to the Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice team, especially Gretchen and Sylvia, for their kindness and support through these trying times. The family would also like to thank Dr. Mailoux and Sharon for the wonderful care they gave Annettie, especially the constant communications and caring during her weeks in hospice care.

Family and friends are invited to a time of visitation from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Mar. 1, at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 2. Interment will be held at Grove cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers Nettie would like donations to be made to Waldo County General Hospital, P.O. Box 287, Belfast, ME 04915.

Annettie will be laid to rest next to her husband, Robert where they will spend the rest of eternity together, roller skating, walking hand-in-hand and watching over their children and their families. We love you, Mom, Grammy, Gram, Nana and friend. We will miss you, mourn, and cry, but we will never forget or stop loving you. Give Dad, Grampy, a hug and tell him we love and miss him too.

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