Ann Fontaine + In Memoriam

The Rev. Ann Kristin (Haldors) Fontaine, age 76, died in her home in Cannon Beach, Oregon on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in the presence of her loving family and the prayers of those whose lives she touched around the world. A kind and caring mother and grandmother, Ann spent her life fighting for justice and equality and helping people from all walks of life discover their purpose and strength.

Ann was born in Portland, Oregon on November 22, 1941, the daughter of Gustav Charles and Dorothy Margaret (Miller) Haldors. From a young age, she spent her summers on the Oregon coast in Clatsop County.

She attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education in 1963. She married James Heryford Fontaine on March 9, 1963 at Grace Episcopal Church in Portland, Oregon, and had three children, Kristin Elizabeth Haldors Fontaine (born 1968), John Stephen Fontaine (born 1973) and Matthew James Fontaine (born 1977).

After four years as an elementary school teacher, Ann moved to Ft .Washakie, Wyoming, where James served as a physician in the Public Health Service. They returned to Portland where Jim completed his ophthalmology residency before moving to Lander, Wyoming where James started his medical practice in 1972. Ann became a local lay leader in the Episcopal Church, quickly rising to state and national leadership positions.

She fought tirelessly for the equality of women, LGBTQ people, and people of color within and outside the church, working to ensure that all could live without fear and serve where they were called. Ann was instrumental in growing and developing the Education for Ministry (EfM) program, a unique four-year distance learning certificate in theological education that has served more than 80,000 people. She trained hundreds of EfM trainers around the world and, always a digital innovator, brought EfM to the world of e-learning.

In 1991, Ann was called to the priesthood and attended Harvard Divinity School, graduating with a Masters in Divinity. She was ordained on January 6, 1996. She found her vocation serving as an interim priest throughout Wyoming and Oregon, helping congregations exploring new ways to see themselves as communities and developing innovative leadership models to remain vital through challenge and change.

She officially retired from the priesthood in 2006. In 2012 they moved to Cannon Beach, Oregon where she was called out of retirement to work as an interim priest at both Grace Episcopal in Astoria and St. Catherine’s of Alexandria in Nehalem.

Outside of her work changing  the world, Ann was a devoted Cubs fan and all-around baseball nut, and loved spending time with her children and grandchildren at Cannon Beach. She remained an active member of the global online community and continued to advocate for social justice and equality until the end of her life.

Ann is survived by her husband, James; brother, James Haldors; daughter, Kristin Fontaine (David Dailey); sons John Fontaine (Reidy Brown) and Matt Fontaine (Tamara Paris); and her grandchildren Quinn Dailey, Sarah Fontaine, Hetty Fontaine, Lander Fontaine, and Mickey Fontaine.


Camp Namanu Memorial 8 Sept 2018

On Saturday, September 8th During the annual reunion weekend at Camp Namanu those who knew Ann will meet to remember her. The gathering will be right after the group photo (approx 10:30 a.m.) in Blue Wing Lodge. Friends of Namanu Weekend Information

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Trinity Episcopal, Lander WY, 20 June 2018

Friends of Ann Fontaine are invited to a service at 6pm on 20 June 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Lander, Wyoming to celebrate Ann’s life, friendship, and ministry. Contact Information: Trinity Episcopal Church 860 South 3rd Street Lander, Wyoming 82520 Website: Facebook:

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St Catherine’s Episcopal 20 May 2018, 5 p.m.

St Catherine’s of Alexandria in Nehalem, Oregon will hold a bilingual memorial service for Ann at 5 p.m. on  Sunday, 20 May 2018 with the Reverend Karen Tiegs presiding. 36335 Hwy 101 Map Nehalem, OR 97131 Between Nehalem and Manzanita    

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Grace Episcopal, Astoria OR on 18 April

[Updated 13 May 2018] Thank you all for the love and support you have shown during this time. The memorial service yesterday was wonderful. So many people contributed their time and talent to make it all happen.   Last night, near sunset, we gathered on the beach and said good bye one last time before…

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Ann Fontaine, Rest In Peace

By Kristin | April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

This is Kristin Fontaine, Ann Fontaine’s daughter. She passed away peacefully on April 18th at home after several weeks of hospice care. I am posting this on her blog so there will be a publicly accessible place to share information about Ann’s memorial service and plans.  The is the most current information that I have…

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Happy Easter

By Ann | March 31, 2018 | 4 Comments

Thanks for all the letters and cards you have been sending.  It is hard for me to write or talk on the phone. I love hearing from you and love knowing I am in your thoughts and hearing stories of our times together. Talking makes me cough. I fade out while just listening. Even chatty…

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Hospice: Day 1

By Ann | March 22, 2018 | 3 Comments

Busy day today: assessment nurse came yesterday. Already today I have recliner chair that powers me up to my feet. Best of all the Bath Lady came! Oh joy – really clean hair and a good scrubbing!! Oxygen people will come swap out my machine to the one they will use. Pack of meds came…

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By Ann | March 18, 2018 | 7 Comments

I have called the hospice team. Not because I am immediately dying (though I could) but for the help they can give us with this process. I think until now I have been sort of in denial of sorts. Oh I know I am fading but now I need help with fading. I will be…

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Skipping Ash Wednesday

By Ann | February 9, 2018 | 17 Comments

I have been thinking about Ash Wednesday lately. My current thought is that I will skip it. My health leads me to believe that I will be having my own real life (or should that be real death?) ashes to ashes, dust to dust moment sooner rather than later. I am not dead yet but…

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Seeking the living God

By Ann | January 9, 2018 | 2 Comments

How dear to me is your dwelling, O LORD of hosts!* My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. Psalm 84:1How many of us are doing now what we thought we would be doing when we thought about that as children or…

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January 2018: Embracing my life as a plant.

By Ann | January 2, 2018 | 4 Comments

Happy New Year!  a date which in September I did not think I would see. Life is changed (but not ended- as it says in the BCP) – oxygen is my friend. I use varying amounts depending on activities. 8 for showering – 3 for sitting around – and in between for other things. I…

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Coming Up for Air!

By Ann | November 18, 2017 | 3 Comments

What a difference a month makes.  Being on oxygen has greatly improved my sense of well being. I had 2 infections that are now over. Off antibiotics. Last month I thought “this is it” and was okay with that. Now I feel like I don’t know what is next. My birthday is next week –…

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Lung update October 4

By Ann | October 5, 2017 | 4 Comments

If interested- here is my health update I saw my new pulmonologist – feel like he is paying attention. Not a fan of steroids which I am happy about. The 2 weeks of 40mg and then nothing left me with chills and fevers for a couple of weeks. Now that is out of my system.…

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After: thoughts on life

By Ann | September 24, 2017 | 4 Comments

Is there life after death and if so what will it be? In a Woody Allen movie, a Jewish man (played by Allen) converts to Christianity. His mother screams and goes to her room. The father asks why he would want to do that. Allen’s character replies by asking his father, “Aren’t you worried about you…

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