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Ann Louise Silfies

Ann Louise Silfies, C.P.A.

(nee Chouinard), 55, passed away on May 27, 2011, after braving a debilitating 2 year illness. She is survived by her husband, Terry, of 35 years; sons Christopher and Sean; four grandchildren: Michael, Zachary, Ariel and Lukas Silfies; mother Marjorie Chouinard of Bracebridge, Canada; sister Janet Chouinard of Escondido and brother Patrick Chouinard of Bracebridge, Canada. Louise will also be missed by her nephews and nieces, Michael, David and Alanna Colapietro, Ethan and Sara Chouinard, her aunt Eileen Spring of Baltimore, her business partner Bruce Doucette and her many friends and staff.

Louise was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, the daughter of Marjorie and the late Clifford Chouinard. She was an honor science student at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Following their marriage, she and Terry mover to Lethbridge, Alberta for 3 years before settling in San Diego.

After writing the AICPA examinations, Louise won the Elijah Watt Sells award with high distinction. She also received the Congress of the U.S.A. award for outstanding academic achievement and the academic honors medal from the Financial Executives Institute. Soon after the family moved to Big Bear Lake which led to the formation of a business partnership, Doucette & Silfies, CPA's. Louise worked enthusiastically on behalf of her clients until stricken with a brain aneurism late in 2008. Along with her professional life, Louise participated in many activities. She was a supporter of 
Soroptomist International, Doves of Big Bear and World Wildlife Fund. She was an occasional skier,boater, hiker, a puzzle fan, an avid reader, with her principal interest always in family and home.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, June 5, from 2-4 p.m. at the Nottingham restaurant (upstairs), 40797 Big Bear Blvd. In lieu of flowers, if desired, contributions may be made to Doves, Visiting Nurses (VNAIC - Hospice Dept.) or to the charity of your choice.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, June 2, 2011
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper