1964 – 2018
Ann Marie (Harrison) Richotte, age 53, of Park Rapids Minnesota passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018 at CHI St. Joseph’s hospital after a long and courageous battle with neuroendocrine cancer.
Ann was welcomed into this world on October 24, 1964 at Wesley hospital in Wadena to Barbara Kinnunen Matson and John Harrison. Ann graduated from Menahga High School in 1982 and later enrolled in classes at Fergus Falls Community College, where she earned her Associates of Arts degree. She then attended the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. It was there that she met the love of her life, Keith Richotte Sr. United in marriage they were blessed with three children: John Paul, Thomas and Michelle. For a number of years Ann and Keith made Washington state their home before moving back to Minnesota. In Menahga, Ann worked at Green Pine Acres nursing home before taking over ownership of the Sub Stop restaurant. In 2005, Ann and Keith relocated to Park Rapids where she worked at Walmart for several years. Then later at CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital until her passing.
Ann lived her life for her family, always putting her husband and children first. She truly enjoyed working at the hospital where her contagious smile was enjoyed by all of her friends and co-workers. In her spare time Ann enjoyed taking money from “poor, old, sick” men at the poker table and relished her victories in a celebratory sauna.
Ann is survived by her husband, Keith Sr., and their children: John Paul (JP) of Park Rapids, Thomas and his wife Tianna Richotte of White Earth, and Michelle Richotte of Portland, Oregon; her grandson Keith K. Richotte, her parents: Barb (Arnie) Matson of Menahga, and John (Tina) Harrison of Ocean Shores, Washington; as well as her two sisters: Cheryl (Terry) Berttunen and her boys Zach and Justen of Menahga, and her sister Julia (Brad) Livingston and children Harmony and Riley of Bloomington.
Ann is preceded in death by her grandparents, Edwin and Julia Kinnunen, Charles and Helen Harrison and many aunts and uncles.
Services will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Menahga on Saturday January 27 at 11 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the family.