Annika Sophie Uggla

annika uggla

November 15, 1957 ~ April 10, 2024

Born in: Gothenburg, Sweden
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

● Annika Sophie Uggla died at age 66 in her home in Lawrenceville, Georgia on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 from complications with lymphoma.

● Annika was born November 15, 1957 in Gothenburg, Sweden, the second child of Claes Uggla and Britta Engberg. She immigrated to the United States in August of 1977 with her family. Annika met Paul Gervais of Oakville, Connecticut in 1986 and had three children together before moving to Georgia and marrying in 1993 and again in 2014 (a very long story). Annika was a passionate and charming salesperson throughout her career at companies including Mills Floral Company, Global Industrial, and HD Supply. She never met a sales goal she couldn’t exceed and consistently brought home the bacon. Known at her various workplaces as a social butterfly and for her upbeat catchphrases such as “Good morning, happy people,” Annika spread sunshine wherever she went while keeping her eyes always on the prize. A notoriously clever and motivated lady, Annika loved the competition of sales and found herself easily driven to succeed in her many roles. Outside of work, Annika’s many titles included Mama, Mommy, Momika, and “my lovely bride.” In her later years, she loved spending weekends going on joy rides for little treats with her three adult daughters and visiting craft fairs and local art festivals. She enjoyed being creative, especially in the kitchen. Annika loved to entertain her many friends and always kept her door open for the visitors who came and went throughout the years. She also celebrated and shared her Swedish culture, always looking forward to the Swedish holidays including the celebration of St. Lucia, “Swedish Christmas,” Midsommar, and Easter. She was known for her talent of rolling up the most perfect Swedish meatballs. She loved late night conversations in the kitchen, being way too good at Wheel of Fortune, and reading several books in a single day. Annika expressed throughout her life how much she loved Spring flowers, the South’s humidity, setting a Smorgasbord, twirling in a floral or polka dotted skirt, and being easily amused. She also was seldomly caught without a song on her lips, despite her questionable singing voice.

● Annika is survived by her trophy husband Paul Gervais and daughter Robin Pamela Uggla-Gervais, daughter Kate Alice Uggla-Gervais and husband Jonathan Edward Newton, and daughter Britta Sophie Gervais. She is also survived by her “darling older sister” Elizabeth “Sabina” and husband John Crystal and their two sons, as well as her brother Johan Uggla and family. She is survived by extended family members in Sweden.
● Annika is also survived by the members of her chosen family, Nettie Lindblad, Anna Smith, and the rest of the Swedish crew.
● Annika will be dearly missed by her cat Ripley (also known as Ripley Pipley Pop, Renfield, Pippi, and Rodney).
● Annika is predeceased by both of her parents.

● Visitation and Celebration of Life will be held as one on Sunday, April 21st between 2PM and 4PM at Wages and Sons in Lawrenceville, Georgia – 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.
● The dress code for the visitation/COL includes one rule only: no black clothing. Colors,
florals, polka dots encouraged.
● If unable to make the service, donations can be made in Annika’s name to the Muscular
Dystrophy Association. Donation page link:*6x r133*_gcl_au*Nzk2MDMwOTU5LjE3MTMwNDU3MjE.*_ga*MjA5MjY0MDMzOC4xNzEz MDQ1NzIy*_ga_MLD8RSHHKE*MTcxMzA0NTcyMS4xLjAuMTcxMzA0NTcyMS4wLjAuMA..

● The family would like to extend endless gratitude for the financial and emotional support provided throughout Annika’s illness and passing. The family would like to especially recognize her sister and her fellow members of the Lake Nottely Swedish Boating Team.

● “Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again too few to mention
I did what I had to do
I saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much, much more
I did it, I did it my way.”
○ “My Way” by Frank Sinatra


Visitation: April 21, 2024 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. CandleImageYou will never be forgotten Annika, my dear friend for 50 years. They say all people are unique but you were so much more unique than everyone else.

  2. CandleImageAnnika, your humor, wit, generosity, and drive will live on in your three beautiful daughters. To all touched by your life, I pray for peace and joy amidst the grief and loss. Love to all ❤️

  3. CandleImageAnnika was such a happy person and always brought do much joy. I was honored to work with her and get to know her. She saw me at the mall during her lunch in 2016. My Mom and I were there because we had lost MH Dad the day before. She came to yo visitation. I’m so sorry that my own health doesn’t allow me to visit . Sending much love, hugs and my deepest condolences to the family.

  4. CandleImageAnnika was one of my favourite cousins ❤️
    Always a joy and pleasure to see Annika. Gone too soon and my deepest condolences.
    My sister Ingela Törnell Wilhelmsson and I have donated to the Swedish Brain Foundation for ALS research

  5. CandleImageAnnika was a dear cousin of mine! It was allways a joy seeing her when she visited Sweden! It is so sad that it never will happen again!
    Rest in peace dear Annika! You will be so missed!

  6. CandleImageI am so happy that I had a chance to know Annika, she was such a bright and happy light every time I saw her. Her joy and love for her family showed in her hugs, laughter, and smiles – she was always laughing and smiling!- I will treasure the memories from our trip to Disney World and will continue to see parts of her living on in her daughters beautiful smiles.

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