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Annette Lindell, who worked as a waitress, bartender, and manager for half a century in Niagara Falls busiest restaurants, died Thursday (Nov. 19, 1998) in her Niagara Falls home after a short illness. She was 72.

Mrs. Lindell worked in restaurants such as The Bit of Paris, the Heidelburg, the Ted Ra Club, The Topper Tavern and the Horseshoe. She served Canadian and American customers, and often endeared herself to long-time customers, with greetings that contained "Honey" and "Babe." Many customers tagged her as "Blondie" for the natural color of her long flowing hair, fastened in a pony tail when she worked. More recently Ms. Lindell, in semi-retirement, worked in Junior's on Pine Avenue.

Born in Niagara Falls, the former Miss Freeman in her early teen years pursued a tap dancing career, and was featured on Buffalo Bob Smith's "Howdy Doody" television show that at the time was broadcast by a local station. She attended Gaskill Junior High in Niagara Falls and Niagara Falls High School.

She survived three husbands, Arvid O. Lindell, Vern C. Hetherington, and James Reasinger. Survivors include two sons, V. Thomas Hetherington of Hamlin, and Einar John Lindell of Niagara Falls; three daughters, Carol Godwin and Aune E. Jamieson, both of Niagara Falls, and Linda Ramierz of Houston; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the R.L. Coleman Funeral Home, 1300 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Niagara Falls.


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