Obituary: Annette M. Harland

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Harland, Annette M.

Annette Margaret Harland, 66, of Traverse City, formerly of Manistee and St. Gabriel, passed away after a 16-month battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Annette was born in Escanaba on Sept. 15, 1943, to Edward and Octavia (Draze) Palarski. She graduated from Manistee High School in 1961 and attended Nursing School in Chicago. Annette is survived by her five daughters and sons-in-law, Laurie and David Anderson of Midland, Chris and Dean Skiver of Gillette, Wyo., Carolyn and Chris Hall of Hudsonville, Amy Hansen of Manistee and Julie and Todd Griffis of Bear Lake. The five daughters she raised blessed her with 11 grandchildren, Corey and Kiara Anderson, Courtney and Leann Skiver, Madelyn, Bryce and Keegan Hall, Austin White and Anna Hansen, and Jake and Zachary Griffis. Annette is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Claudia and Lee Nowak of Traverse City; brother and sister-in-law, Greg and Carole Palarski of Commerce Township; brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Tina Palarski of Cypress, Texas; nieces, Ashley (Greg) and Julia (Tim) Palarski; and nephew, Nathan (Tim) Palarski. Annette was preceded in death by her parents and her niece, Natalie (Tim) Palarski. Annette worked extremely hard at a wide variety of professions throughout her life. Her earliest career was as a nurse in a local Manistee doctor's office. Later, as owner of Harland's Disposal Service and Landfill, Annette did whatever was needed including driving garbage truck, office work or operating heavy equipment. In 1994, she moved to Louisiana, where she purchased and lovingly restored and operated The Tezcuco Plantation Home, a bed and breakfast, until it was destroyed by fire in 2002. Annette was blessed by a loving family and friends. She enjoyed various social outlets including travel, The Red Hats and numerous rug-hooking groups. Her countless wool strip hooked rugs are works of arts, and although Annette took her talent very seriously, she loved to joke that she was an experienced 'hooker'. While living in Louisiana Annette quickly grew to love the LSU Lady Tiger basketball team. With great enthusiasm and devotion, she followed the team through their latest season. In January 2010 she was invited to fulfill her dream of sitting with the team on the Tiger bench and visiting the team locker room for both the pre- and post-game activities. In 2005, Annette moved to Traverse City, where she built her dream home and resided until her death. Funeral arrangements included visitation Monday, May 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City, and a funeral Mass on Tuesday, May 18, at 11 a.m., atImmaculate Conception Church, 720 Second St., Traverse City, MI 49684.