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Annette F. Goike Traum, 70, of Rockford, went home to her Heavenly Father on July 27, 2017, after a courageous six and a half year battle with ovarian cancer. She was born on August 16, 1946, in Robbins, TN, the daughter of Edward and Rheba (Storey) Goike. Annette married her husband of 53 years, Jackie L. Traum, on March 14, 1964. She ran an in-home daycare for 20 years where she spread her genuine love to many young children who still keep in touch today. Annette thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family, singing in the church choir, and welcoming everyone into her life with a warm hug. Annette will be dearly missed but is undoubtedly singing and dancing in the presence of the Lord.
She is lovingly survived by her husband, Jack; her three children, Edward (Ellen), Jeanette, Michael; two grandchildren, Jeremy (Elizabeth), Aaron (Jenna); great-grandson, Ezekiel; brothers, Terry (Leann) Steiner and Richard Steiner; and many nieces; and nephews. Annette is predeceased by her parents; twin sister, Jeanette; sister, Gloreda Thompson; brother, Donald Goike; two nieces, Lou Updike and Debbie Keen; a nephew, Darrin Traum; and a great-nephew, Micah Updike. Special thanks to Dr. Liotta and staff, Dr. Edwards and staff, Serenity Home Hospice staff and Wendy Slick.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 31 at Maywood EFC, 3621 Samuelson Rd, Rockford, with Pastor Gary Kniseley officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 30 at Maywood EFC and a second visitation will be held from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport.

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  1. The Brown's

    In life you meet a handful of people who are very special. You just know when you meet one of them. To us, Annette was one of those people. Our family feel blessed to be friends with the Traum's. We will always have fond memories of all the cross country and track meets. I swear Annette could have tried out for the team! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this difficult time. We Love you all!

  2. Barb Ferling

    Annette babysat for my kids when they were little. She was a loving & caring person & friend. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.

  3. Tom & Maggie Allen

    Our deepest condolences to Annette's loving family. We will always remember Annette for her beautiful smile, warm hugs and fierce devotion to her family. She will be missed. We are certain she is an angel watching over her family with the same deep and abiding love!

  4. Dianna Peacock

    May the peace of our Lord fill your families hearts. We are deeply sorry for your loss of such a loving and joyful woman. We will miss her contagious smile and warm hugs. She has joined the eternal choir to praise God with the beautiful voice he gifted her with. We love you Jack and family. With sympathy, George and Dianna

  5. Harold and Mary Deets

    Annette is sure to be missed by her family and friends. So thankful she knew Christ as her personal Savior and is enjoying her eternal home. Remember many early morning walks in the neighborhood with Annette as well as evening strolls by the river when we included our husbands.

  6. Sue Harris Kowalski

    Aunt Nette was a kind loving soul who will be missed by many. Always greeted me with a smile and hug. My love, sympathy and prayers are with the Traum family...



  8. Carol (Pete) & Jim Henson

    Jack and Family, We are very sorry and saddened by the loss of your loved one. With each new tomorrow, may your memoires grow sweeter as your sorrow fades away. What a lovely sight to picture Annette dancing and singing through out the heavens. God Bless you all.

  9. Deanna, Andy, Amanda and Stephanie

    We were truly blessed to have you as part of our lives. Your peace, presence, and spirit will be missed here, but we know that there is a celebration for you in Heaven! Thank you for taking care of our girls and being our "Third Grandma!" You were the answer to our prayers when we asked God to help us find someone to take care of our girls. Rest in Peace!

  10. Katie Brewer (Lehmann)

    Aunt Nette... I will miss you and your amazing hugs! You were always such a ray of sunshine and so fiesty :) Love you bunches!

  11. Terry Steiner

    I am the luckiest person in the world to have been able to spend sixty years with my sister. She was there the day I was born and will always have a special place in my .heart.

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