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.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ann’s name can be made to the following organizations:
Episcopal Relief and Development
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Grace Episcopal Church, Astoria
1545 Franklin Avenue
Astoria, Oregon 97103
Columbia Memorial Hospital Hospice Program
Camp Namanu Scholarships