In Memory Of

Doyle, Annette who passed away on 12/4/2016 at the age of 90


Annette Doyle 90 of Helena, MT, previously of Lincoln, MT, passed away due to complications from pneumonia at the VA Hospital at Fort Harrison in Helena, MT with friends and family present.
Annette was born in Cleveland, OH., August 22, 1926 to Frank Kalista and Anna Gruenberg. She was raised by Emma Gruenberg who also raised Ray and Chuck Gruenberg. Annette found her birth sister later on and had a happy reunion with her shortly after she completed her nursing degree. She received her nursing degree in Indiana at Sisters of St. Francis and interned at Mary Mount Hospital six months and worked very closely with the nuns fr: the order of St. Alexus. She was a cadet nurse from 1945–1948 and a Navy nurse from 1952–1957.

Annette told stories of when she was stationed in Argentina and Newfoundland. She shared that of her two assignments outside the US. The one in Newfoundland, was the most challenging as they had a rope tied from the mess hall to the hospital and to their barracks due to the snow blizzard conditions there. She decided that she just wanted to be in the states after that experience. She spent most of her nursing career time in San Diego, CA. at Balboa Naval Hospital.

She met the love of her life and married John “Jack” M. Doyle December 22, 1973 at the Base chapel.
Many friends of hers had told her she was crazy for marrying a man with seven children and she told them “no, I have lots of love to give them all.” She had told many friends that the only regret in her life was that she had never had any children, however the day she said “I do” she received the special blessing she always longed for.

Annette was a member of the VFW and volunteered at the VA Hospital at Fort Harrison and was a member of our Lady of the Valley Parish.

She retired from the Navy in 1975, as a Lieutenant Commander.
They moved to Lincoln, MT. in 1993 as Jack always wanted to live there. They were there for approximately 13 years, but moved to Helena in 2006 due to health reasons. They did quite bit of traveling, they went to: Hawaii a couple of times Carlow, Ireland, Czechoslovakia + Germany to see the Passion Play. They enjoyed being snowbirds and loved their RV.

They were married for 39 years and enjoyed their Life together.

Annette is survived by Sherie Steele, Mike of Helena, Greg (Janice) Doyle of Lompoc, CA., Karen Johnson of Great Falls, Pamela Oleson of Great Falls, and Debbie Wells of Great Falls. Son-in-law Russ Shively, daughter-in-law, Diane (Charles) Marlen. 12 grandchildren, Christy (Shawn) Holden, Shawn (Noel) Jacobs, Annika La Fournaise, Jane (Mike) Leinwand, Jennifer Doyle, Weston and Mitchell Shively, Chad Taylor, Laura (Ron) Myers, Ashley (Brandon) Keim and Jessie and Justine Johnson, step-grandson, Kelly (Jenna) Stevens = 14 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Jack Doyle, son, Kevin; mother and father, sister-in-laws Mary Virginia Roach and Patricia Reynolds, brother-in-law Edward Reynolds, granddaughter Stephanie Wells, daughter Jacque Shively, brothers Ray Gruenberg, Chuck Gruenberg, and sister Celia.

Memorials are suggested to Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, 1502 Shirley Rd. Helena, MT., 59602 or Lewis & Clark Veterans Council c/o Dennis Streeter 1272 Lucchese Rd. Helena, MT. 59602.

She will be sorely missed by all those who knew her.