Annette Marie (Galvin) Wanner, 60, of Faulkton, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at the Faulkton Area Medical Center surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with Pulmonary Langerhans Histiocytosis X (a disease that only affects 1 in 35 million women).
A celebration of life will take place at 6:00 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2023, St. Patrick’s Day, at Chrystal’s Bar in Redfield, SD, preceded by a private family burial in Athol, SD.
Annette Marie Galvin was born August 28, 1962, to Edward “Jerry” Gerald and Lois (Muellenberg) Galvin in Redfield, SD. She grew up at Athol, SD, in an Irish, fun-loving family including her three sisters and five brothers.
Annette graduated from Redfield High School in 1980. She met the love of her life and partner Steve Wanner in Orient on New Year’s Eve 1980. They were married in August of 1981 and to this union two daughters were born, Lacey and Whitney.
While still in high school, Annette started her nursing career as a CNA at the James Valley Nursing Home in Redfield. After high school, she attended Lake Area Tech in Watertown graduating as an LPN in 1981. She began working in Faulkton as an LPN in August 1981. Her hard work and passion led her to become a registered nurse and she graduated from Presentation College in 1988. She began working at Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen in 1988 and continued working simultaneously at the Faulkton Hospital. She served as Director of Nursing in Faulkton from 1990-1994 and 1997-2000. She worked at Avera St. Luke’s in the float pool which allowed her to work on every floor and learn skills in every department. Her passion to make a difference for those she worked with and cared for was one of her greatest gifts. She was quick with a smile, hug, laugh, or a chocolate from her pocket to bring hope and joy to those around her. She prayed daily for the ability to do what was asked of her by those who might need her. Her goal each shift was to have her patients be glad she was their nurse for the day, providing some light in their storm. She was the kind of nurse you wanted to care for your loved ones! Her retirement from nursing in June of 2021 was not what she wanted but with Covid requirements it was not possible to wear protective gear with her oxygen needs.
Annette enjoyed spending time with her family on camping trips and was forever planning the next one! She enjoyed many concerts and comedians. She attended car races supporting Steve’s driving as his biggest fan. She collected bears and loved meeting friends and colleagues for lunch.
She is survived by her husband Steve; daughters: Lacey (Jason) Currington and Whitney (Jesse) Lewton, grandchildren: Amelia, Charlotte, and Annabel Currington and Sawyer, Bridger, and Rosalie Lewton; step granddaughter, Tauni; siblings: Gwen Galvin-Johanson, Ed (Judy) Galvin, Jon (Sandy) Galvin, Bryan (Vanessa) Galvin, Holly (Dean) Bottum, Jaymes (Lyn) Galvin, Colin (Vicki) Galvin, and Marijo (Shannon) Gulbranson; aunt, Marilyn VanVleet; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Luce Funeral Home of Faulkton has been entrusted with Annette’s arrangements. (www.familyfuneralhome.net)