Annette Fairchild

Annette Fairchild, 91, of Spirit Lake passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at her home in Spirit Lake.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Spirit Lake United Methodist Church. Burial will be held in the Lakeview Gardens Cemetery on Spirit Lake. Arrangements are under the direction of the Schuchert-Lentz Funeral Home in Spirit Lake. Online condolences may be sent to

Annette was born in Albert City, IA on November 18, 1928 to Emil and Mildred (Johnson) Fredricks. She received her early education at Albert City. The family moved to Marathon in 7th grade. Following graduation, she attended AIB in Des Moines. Coming back to Marathon she worked at Citizens State Bank and Farmer’s Coop Oil Company until her marriage to G. Edgar Fairchild of Sioux Rapids on April 17, 1949. To this union two children were born. Janet Ann and Ronald Edgar.

Living and working on the farm raising a family, going to their activities, family trips and camping was a special time with many memories.

Annette enjoyed working with the youth. She was a 4-H leader, FFA Mother and Sunday School Teacher. She and her husband were youth leaders in their church to junior high and high school groups.

After retirement, they spent the winter months in Arizona. They enjoyed playing cards, dancing, taking trips and forming new close friendships. She had a passion for reading.

In 2003 they moved to their new home on East Lake Okoboji. They enjoyed all the activities in that area. Following her husband’s death, she remained living there until her death.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter Janet Harmsen; son Ronald Fairchild; 3 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; brother Clair (Sue) Fredricks, sister-in-law Delores Fredricks; brother-in-law James Fairchild; sister-in-law Donna (Max) Fuller;  Shirley (John) Prichard; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Verlin, son-in-law James Harmsen and sister-in-law Carol Fredricks.