THE death has occurred in Killarney of Annette Ecker (née Hurley) who was hugely popular and came from a very well-known and respected family that goes back through the generations in the town.
From Pinewood Estate and formerly of Old Woodlawn, Annette was a lady blessed with a great sense of humour and her career as a hairdresser brought her into contact with people on a daily basis and they enjoyed the banter as much as she did.
She initially worked with well-known hairdresser, Margaret Jason, in her salon on High Street before going freelance and during her career, she was the personal hairdresser to the McShain family who owned Killarney House and Gardens for many years.
Annette, who passed away yesterday in the care of staff at the Palliative Care Unit of University Hospital Kerry, is survived by her husband, Kurt, daughter Anita, sons Gilbert and Ralph and grandchildren Leila, Josh and Abby.
The mother-in-law of Seán O’Sullivan and Lucia, Annette was a member of the well-known Hurley family and she is further survived by her sisters Joan, Marie and Breda.
She was predeceased by her siblings Barry, Gerard, Desmond, Brendan, John, Brian, Paddy, Kathleen, Clare and Eileen.
Annette is further survived by her brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.
In accordance with government and HSE guidelines, and in the interest of public health, a private family funeral will take place for Annette in St Mary’s Cathedral.
The Requiem Mass will be live-streamed on Killarneyparish.com on Thursday morning at 10.30am with burial afterwards in Muckross Abbey.
The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to Palliative Care.
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