Annette Shirley Lerch, 88, of Ocala, FL, passed away on Easter Sunday and her Mother’s birthday, April 9, 2023, at her home with family by her side. She was born in Bangor, Maine to Othello Frank Robinson and Edith Elizabeth Johnson Robinson. She grew up in Sherman Station, Maine, graduated from Sherman High School, and attended Husson College. She married her husband of 25 years, Bryce Morgan of Sherman Mills, ME in 1953. They lived in Hawaii where he was stationed in the Air Force and had their first two daughters before moving back to Maine where they had their third daughter and two sons. In 1982, she moved to Oviedo, FL and married her husband of 22 years, Donald Lerch in 1983. She loved the sunny, warmth of Florida and visited her family in Maine every year during the summer.
Annette worked as a bank teller at several banks, and in clerical positions at Unum Life Insurance Company and the University of Central Florida. Her favorite things to do were spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, playing Scrabble, Bingo, mini golf, solving crossword puzzles, watching game shows, going for walks, out to eat, ceramics, and going on trips with family and friends, especially her trip back to Hawaii in 2013. She will be fondly remembered for her kindness, her smile, her laughter, and her sparkling blue eyes.
Annette is survived by 3 daughters; Susan Morgan Pierce (Michael) of Ocala, FL, Lori Morgan Rulman (James) of Westbrook, ME, and Cheryl Morgan Wilbur (Mark) of Windham, ME, son Brent Morgan (Diane) of Westbrook, ME, daughter-in-law Rose Nappi Morgan of Orlando, FL, 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Janet Shields of Hiram, ME, and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Robert Robinson of Bangor, ME, her husband Donald C. Lerch of Oviedo, FL, her son Steven Morgan of Orlando, FL, and great-granddaughter Joy Castillo of Orlando, FL.
A celebration of life ceremony is being planned and will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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