Celebrating a Beautiful Life: Annette Ramke


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Today I am sharing devastating news I never thought I would need to share. My beautiful friend and coauthor of Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen, Annette Ramke, passed peacefully in her home several days ago, after facing a recurrence for metastatic ovarian cancer.


The words continue to escape me in trying to describe just how special Annette was to so many people, personally and professionally – family, friends, colleagues, her local community, readers. Her uplifting spirit, kindness, determination, humor, radiance, passion in life, and thoughtfulness are just a few of the reasons why I and others loved Annette. I am honored to have been able to call her my friend and find it so very special that we were able to work together in a way that only strengthened our friendship. A mutual friend recently commented that we worked “heart to heart.” This couldn’t be more true. spark quote


In the midst of grief, I, along with others who knew Annette well, are also celebrating the life of an amazing woman who was able to light the darkness with a smile, a hug, or a few kinds words. Someone who made good days even better with her laughter. Someone who somehow made every person with whom she connected, feel loved and important.


I hope you will join me in wishing peace, healing and strength to Annette’s family, who I know are feeling this tremendous loss deep in their hearts. Thank you to all of you who have offered so many well wishes and prayers.


[You may also wish to read Why Eat Well? and A Note from Kendall About Annette.]

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  1. I never met your dear friend. I am very sorry to hear she has passed.

  2. Tracey Barry says:

    Dear Kendall~ Your tribute was so beautiful. I am so sorry to hear this sad and devastating news. Please know you and Annette’s family are in my thoughts and prayers. You came to speak to our group at the Pineland Y not too long ago. You and Annette have inspired me and so many other people. It has brought hope and comfort in so many ways. Sending light and love your way~

  3. Dawn Capone says:

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman. Though I only got to know her briefly, Annette was an incredible inspiration to me and I am so glad I was able to know her…though it saddens me immensely that she was with us for entirely too short a time. I wish you and her family peace and healing in your time of loss. May her memory ever be for a blessing.

  4. Christine B. says:

    I am shocked to hear this news and so, so, so, sad! I met Annette last year at a FORCE support meeting and bought the fantastic book that she co-authored “Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen”, my copy is signed by her and it was a pleasure to meet her and to experience all her optimism and wisdom. My condolences to her family and friends. Please know that her spirit lives on and that she has touched all of us in this community in so many positive ways! I look at her book and cook the recipes as much as possible!

    • Hi Christine – I’m so glad you had a chance to meet Annette and I am also sorry for your loss. She certainly was a very special influence in her community and beyond! My best to you ~ Kendall

  5. Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you, Kendall, and to Annette’s family. We at TakeThemAMeal.com have been following your stories and are very sorry for your loss.

  6. May God comfort you and all who loved Annette, dear Kendall. Your dear friend was and will remain a true role model–this side of Heaven and there.

  7. Annette:

    It gladdens me that I had the opportunity to meet you in person earlier this year. You, and of course Kendall taught my wife and me so much about healthy eating.

    Annette, you may have left us, but the lives you touched will be eternal.

    Thank you for being a kind influence in our world. We will always have sweet memories of you.

    Rob & Cindy Harris

  8. Hi Kendall,
    I am deeply saddened by this news. My sympathies to Annette’s family and to you as well. I know how closely you worked together on your wonderful book. Your heart is surely aching. If you’re able, please pass along my heart-felt condolences to Annette’s family and friends. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Thanks so much, Nancy. It’s a difficult time made a bit easier with so many kind words and support from amazing people like you. I’m so glad we’ve been able to connect and am thankful for all that YOU do! I will certainly share your condolences with Annette’s family. ~ Kendall

  9. I’m so very sorry Kendall. This is heartbreaking news. My deepest condolences to you, Annette’s family and friends and all of us who benefited from knowing Annette – even virtually. Peace and love to all.

    • Thank you, Debbie. Even our virtual relationship has meant a lot to both Annette and I. Thank you for all that you do to support others and for supporting us! Warm wishes to you ~ Kendall

  10. Kendall, you have managed to surrounded hurt and sorrow with anchors of tremendous hope in this writing. Thank you for the ways you and Annette continue to positively affect my life and others. Your book sits on my counter with many dog-eared favored pages. I will keep kicking cancer in the kitchen and celebrating all that you and Annette have taught me in doing so. Praying for you all — may the sorrow in your hearts be washed away by shared sweet moments.

    • Maryann, thank you for your kind words and all of your support. Also, a huge thank you for all you do to inspire others and offer hope and healing during difficult times. I’m so glad Annette and I have been able to connect with you. ~Kendall

  11. sara panzner berkowitz says:

    so sorry for your loss kendall…. my heart is with you and your family and friends

  12. Shane McEachern says:

    So sorry to hear the sad sad news Kendall. Our hearts go out to you and your family and Annette’s family too. She was a wonderful person and you gals were quite dynamic together, it was such a privilege to tell your story. We are thinking of you and praying for you all at this time. God bless and much love from Philadelphia. Shane McEachern and Joyce Evans, Fox 29, WTXF.

  13. Shocking, and heartbreaking. I just want to express how sorry I am to hear this news. Lots of love to you and Annette’s family.

    • Thank you, Catherine. You’ve been such a wonderful support and inspiration in all that you do, and I know Annette was happy to be able to connect with you. Hugs to you. ~Kendall

  14. Ethan Bogar says:

    Thinking about Annette’s family and you Kendall. You and Annette have given back through education and sharing of information to so many on such an important subject. Great work and wish your family and Annette’s peace.

  15. So sorry to hear. Please pass our love and support to her daughter and mom, whom we met at the Fox Chase event a few months back. Keeping all in our prayers during this season of love and light-

  16. My heart is so sad that Annette is no longer on this earth. Your book has inspired me to be a healthier Survivor, to LIVE with cancer with more life than I thought possible. I am sending up prayers for Annette’s family during this difficult time and for you.