Annette Kluchar Caldwell

Apr. 23, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

Annette Kluchar Caldwell, born in Cleveland, Ohio on June 27th, 1936, was one of five children of John and Anna Kluchar. Roland, her beloved husband of 57 years, her children and her Creator, must now ask family and friends to allow her to return home to rest at peace with her Lord in Heaven eternally.

Mother of Deborah, MaryAnn and Roland Jr., and grandmother of the apples of her eye, her seven grandchildren: Andrew, Jay, Jamie, Will, Brooks, Zach and Chase, all of whom she so loved and will forever be with regardless of how far apart they may be. She is also survived by a brother Richard of Bainbridge Township, Ohio, her hometown, where she was raised on her parent’s farm, was schooled, was a varsity cheerleader, and where Roland and she met and married. She will be laid to rest near family in Restland Cemetery there.

A child of a first generation Slovak Catholic family, Annette was a devout lifelong Christian, most recently serving on the Altar Guild and Vestry as a reader and member of Trinity Episcopal Church of Gatlinburg – also ever cherishing members and their beloved and radiant Christ Church Episcopal in Rugby, Tenn.

Among her career of varied lifetime accomplishments, she was president, a licensed broker and principal of Keys-Caldwell, Inc., a prominent property management firm she founded in Venice, Fla. in the 1970s. In 2008 she permanently moved with her husband to Tennessee into a rustic Smoky Mountain cabin they had been building for 30 years, coediting with him the Pigeon Forge Irregular. She also served on the board as a director of the Big Brothers and Sisters Sun Coast of Florida, and locally, among others, was past president of the Gatlinburg Garden Club and a member of the Smoky Mountain Historical Society, the Retired Citizens of the Smokies Hiking Club, the Gatlinburg Book Club. She was a Paul Harris honoree for perfect attendance of Rotary Clubs in both Florida and Tennessee.

Atchley of Sevierville and Stroud-Lawrence of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, are the funeral homes in charge, with local memorial services planned in the future. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested, in Tennessee, to the Gatlinburg Garden Club Lucinda Ogle Cabin Restoration Project; in Florida, to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Sun Coast of Sarasota; or in Ohio, to the Bainbridge Township Historical Society. Mail addressed to her at P.O. Box 212, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868, will be forwarded to the appropriate organization.