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Annette Dendahl

1936 ~ 2021 (age 85)


Annette Aublin Dendahl (85) passed away peacefully early Saturday, November 6, 2021. Annette was born in Paris, France on March 11, 1936. In 1938, Annette’s family moved from Paris to Monaco to avoid the bombings of Paris during WWII. Annette was educated in France, obtaining the French equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in Business. She lived in both Paris and Monaco until 1963 when she moved to Santa Fe upon her marriage to local businessman, Phil Naumburg. In 1974, she married John Dendahl, a businessman and 4th generation Santa Fean.

Annette was multilingual being fluent in both French and English, as well as Spanish and Italian. Professionally, she enjoyed a long and successful career in retail as a salesperson, buyer and manager with a number of local businesses including Antony Williams Designers (The Golden Bough), Alpine Sports, La Tienda, Gardenswartz Sportz, American Country Collection, and J. Crew. She was an avid snow skier for the majority of her life and also enjoyed water sports. She loved music of all types but was especially fond of opera. Those who knew Annette will remember her for her keen sense of style, her determination and drive, her charming French idioms, her fun sense of humor, and her generous spirit.

Annette is preceded in death by her parents, Cyril Aublin and Marthe Regnault Aublin, and her sisters, Nicole Giblin and Odile Faivre. She is survived by her nephews Gerard Giblin of Washington, D.C. and Cyrille Faivre (Manoux) of Paris, France; and her niece, Florence Faivre Bennett (Garry) of Paris, France, as well as other members of the Jourdain Gassin family who still reside in France. She is also survived by one stepdaughter from her first marriage: Judy Naumburg (Stuart Bluestone) of Santa Fe, NM, and five stepdaughters from her second marriage: Debra Dendahl Hadley (Fred) of Columbus, OH; Kathy Dendahl of Denver, CO; Lisa Dendahl of Denver, CO; Ellie Dendahl (Jeffrey Thurston) of Santa Fe, NM; and Karen Dendahl (Cooper Millard) of Denver, CO.

The family wishes to thank Carmella Rivera and Irene Souris Guilbeault for the loving care they have provided to Annette for the past five plus years. Annette fondly referred to these special women as “her ladies”.

The family is planning a private graveside celebration of Annette’s life on Friday, November 19th. Friends are encouraged to share their memories of Annette and any notes to family here. For those who would like to make a gift in memory of Annette, the family suggests donations to the Santa Fe Opera (P.O. Box 2408, Santa Fe, NM 87504-2408) or a charity of their choice.

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