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Annette Tatarek
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    Wells, MN 56097

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Annette Tatarek, age 88, died November 18, 2017 at St. John's Living Center in Jackson, WY. A visitation will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN from 2 – 5 PM. Memorials are preferred to the Wells American Legion Auxiliary.

Annette was born August 10, 1929, in Humboldt, IA, to Albert and Nellie Hansen. She was the oldest of seven children. The family moved to Alden, MN in 1944.

Annette married Earl Seltun in 1946; they divorced in 1951. They had one son, Leslie. In 1954 Annette married Conrad Tatarek. They had one son, Steven.

Annette and Conrad were very involved in the American Legion and Auxiliary, being the commander and president of the Wells post at the same time. Annette worked for Conrad in his accounting business. She later worked for People's Natural Gas in Wells, retiring in 1989.

In 1994, after visiting her son Steven several times, she moved to Jackson. She worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1998 to 2002, then studied to become a certified nurse assistant, becoming the oldest CNA in Wyoming. She went back to work for the Forest Service in 2004, retiring in 2008.

Annette was involved at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. She worked as a volunteer for the local blood drive, served as an election official for many years and served on the board at Pioneer Homestead. She enjoyed her family and friends, crafts and her annual trip to Yellowstone National Park on Mother's Day.

Annette is survived by her children, Leslie (Mary) Tatarek, of Wheeling, IL, and Steven (Marilyn) Tatarek, of Thayne, WY; her grandchildren, Patrick (Krysten) Tatarek, Eric (Jennifer) Tatarek, Elizabeth Tatarek, Matthew Tatarek and Lukas Tatarek; and great-grandchildren, Caroline Tatarek and Max Tatarek. She is also survived by her brother Donald Hansen of Alden, MN, and sister-in-law, Betty Hansen of Blue Earth, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Conrad; grandson Nathan; mother and father; sisters Pauline, Margaret and Marian; brothers Herman (in infancy) and Carl; and beloved brothers-in-law, and sister-in-law.