Louise Annette Hunt

LAKEVILLE  — Louise Annette Hunt, 81, of Sharon Road, died peacefully July 31, 2019, at her home. 

Annette was born June 18, 1938, in Indianapolis, the daughter of Henry Gayle Hunt and Edna Nauert. She graduated from Indiana State University in 1960 and later moved to Connecticut. 

One of Annette’s first recognized achievements was winning the International Cherry Pie Baking Contest in Chicago when she was 18. She appeared on the Steve Allen show, baked a pie for the First Lady Eisenhower, and was invited to experiment with recipes in an early microwave oven. She also brought home a very beautiful pink stove.

In the late 1960s, Annette began her career at The Hotchkiss School. In addition to teaching piano to countless students, she structured some of the initial credit music courses and organized the first regular schedule of student performances. Her personal investment and commitment to excellence were honored with the establishment of the Hunt Concert series, beginning in 2000, her retirement year, and continue to this day.

For the last 25 years, Annette ran a high-end custom table linens business with her sister, Donna, and continued to inspire and educate with her busy home studio practice. 

Embracing her mother’s indomitable spirit of optimism, Annette cherished life and the people around her all the more after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2010.

She is survived by a son, Michael and his wife, Kara; two grandchildren, Polly and Silas; a sister, Donna, and her husband Robert Burgner; and her niece and nephew, Lynda and Robert. 

A celebration of Annette’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Hotchkiss Chapel.

Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.