Annette Wills

Annette Wills

For Annette there were no strangers, just friends she hadn’t yet made: she’d talk to just about anyone. She was high energy, especially with her grandkids and thoughtful of others; she collected lots of silly little things just so you’d always have a souvenir to take home. And she was loyal to family to a fault: right or wrong her family was right. Some said she was intensely attentive to her family: others joked she was overbearing. Either way she liked to check in on her kids a couple dozen times a day: and if you didn’t answer her calls, she’d hit you with a barrage of texts. Over the years she had been a waitress at just about every area Diner: Dauphin, Golden Dawn, Golden River. Sure, she needed a paycheck but she would have done it for free: she loved the customers and they loved her. She may have been in her mid-fifties, but her fashion sense was much younger: Annette wouldn’t have looked right in mom clothes. She was the coolest mom and grandmom: they all loved being at her home. And not just them: it was the house for all their friends. They knew it was a safe space no matter what: sometimes sleepovers lasted for years. And she was an unabashed animal lover: a stray could do no better than to find its way to her doorstep. She once even nursed some bats back to health.
Annette is survived by her husband, Michael; her parents, Mildred and Edward Abriola Sr.; her children, Tim (Lauren) Abriola, Andrew (Lauren) Meyrick, Nick Ehrhart, Josh (Charity) Wills and Selina Abriola; her grandchildren, Kirsten, Chase, Zoey, Brooke, Annie, Dallas and Love; her siblings, Kathy Stillings, Regina Houser, Ed Abriola Jr., Ron Stillings, John Convery and Michael DiStefano.
Come celebrate 54 great years Sunday the 17th from 1-4 p.m. at Sweeney Funeral Home.

11 Comments

  1. leeann says:

    This breaks my heart. I will miss her so much! Loved her smile . I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Valerie Ferrara-Ryan and Tom Ryan says:

    I’ve known Annette and her family for a long time – its been a long time since I’ve seen her and family but I still feel a connection. God bless you all you are such an awesome family and my prayers go to all of you = there are no words.

  3. Jamie wheeler says:

    Although I didn’t know Annette the heartbreaks were her family I know in my heart that she was a good woman because she raised great kids I know Nick all my life and he’s always been the one to give you the shirt off his back I know he was raised by an amazing mother . May she dwell in the house of the Lord forever and may He comfort you all during this time my condolences go out to the entire family and friends.

  4. Ron Stillings says:

    A couple of weeks ago we spoke a couple of times. Im grateful we did. Im proud of how well your kids wrote of your celebration of life posted here. Again you broke rank, we were supposed to pass in order of age. Rest easy Weezy

  5. Tara (Nebel) DeSante says:

    Such a huge loss. Tough as nails but a heart of gold. Always there even if you didn’t talk for years! We talked about a beach trip when this covid was over! Promise I will in memory of you. My condolences to her Loved ones and closest friends. Fly high with the Angels. 🙏😪 Due to Covid I will not be able to attend. 😪💔 will be in spirit. 🙏🙏

  6. Renee Johnston says:

    Annettee, I am so heartbroken about this. We had so many good times at group and at my home.. You were one funny woman that kept the party going. So many stories you would tell us. I am glad that I had the chance to be your friend. I know we would have our ups and downs but I always worried about you.
    I pray and I know Annettee that you have now found that peace and love that you desperately were looking for in this life. I also know You Got This and you are in the arms of the angels.
    I will miss you but I know you are happy and probably having the best time partying in Heaven! Keep an eye on all of us here! Love you girl!

  7. Nick Ehrhart says:

    I don’t even know where to start. Mom, you were my rock, my light, my laugh, my heart, my everything. I know that everything always happens for a reason, but I keep questioning God on why he decided it was your time. We weren’t ready for you to be taken from us. I never thought that I would see the day that my mother would no longer be here. I know that people have been telling me that it will all get better with time, but it doesn’t feel like it will. I feel like I will never be able to think about you, and not cry. I feel lost, I feel like 80% of me is missing. I’m supposed to be strong and fearless, but I feel weak and scared to death. I’m weak because I lost my best friend, the woman who gave me life, my mom. I’m scared because I don’t know what to do without you, I don’t know how I’m going to get through this. I will do anything and give anything to have you back. I would give up my own life if it meant everyone could have you back. I love you so much, more than you will ever know. I will always miss you, every second, every minute, every hour, every day of every year. Please look over all of us, and keep us healthy and safe. It’s a roller coaster of emotion for all of us, but hopefully, it will get better. I love you mom, forever. Fly high, my gorgeous angel. <3 <3 Love, your son.

  8. Valerie Marella says:

    Wow, honestly never thought I’d be saying goodbye so soon. We had some great times thru the years with all the kids…Lake Oswego will always hold awesome memories for me. You were doing so well and I was very proud of you! Wanted to surprise you by inviting you to my wedding, but I know you’ll be there now anyway. I had a dream about you 2 days ago, me, you and Ken Jennings on a cruise (don’t ask lol!). Anyway you were in a tank top, shorts and slippers running the activities. Not sure what it all means, but it was comforting to hear you call me “girlfriend” on last time. I’ll miss your laugh, free spirit, and kookiness. See you on the other side girlfriend. Love you!

  9. Shawn Mickle says:

    The days of St. Joseph’s Wednesday (half days) remember bothering my sister and Annette! Just for something to do!🤣
    Good times on the River with All the RATS!!
    REST EASY ANNETTE! ✌🏻🙏❤

  10. Desiree Scott says:

    My heart breaks for Annette’s family. She was such a kind & loving soul. Her smile was enough to make everyone around her smile. Ive known her since I was a child & she made such an impact on so many people in the years that I knew her. She was so proud of Nick & so am I. She had such an incredible way of making others feel comfortable to be themselves & I will be forever thankful to have known her. I pray that her presence be felt in the years to come by those whose hearts she left an everlasting impact on while they live their lives in memory of her. May she rest peacefully. Nick, please stay strong & know your mom loved you so so much! love & hugs xo

  11. Diane Miller Hagerty says:

    Wow. I am so sorry to hear you lost Annette. She was always such a happy person in school. It is always sad to lose a classmate. So sorry to the family.

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