UPDATED: Here is the longer appreciation of Annette I wrote for today's Beacon Journal.
A report from Disney's fan club says Funicello has died at the age of 70. She had been dealing with MS for more than 20 years. But for many of us, she is embedded in memory, whether through her work for Walt Disney (always "Mr. Disney" to Annette), her recordings or those beach movies. A few clips to send you back down memory lane: