Anna Hanak (88 years old) was welcomed into Heaven by the Lord and her loved ones forever more on July 30, 2016. Anna Hanak (nee Tabar) beloved wife of Anthony Hanak, devoted mother of Rose Marie Hanak and Anthony (Mary) Hanak, loving and kind grandmother of Lauren (Dan) Rozewski and Jon (Katie) Hanak, great-grandmother of Michael and younger brother Thomas Rozewski, and Peter Hanak; aunt of Anna (Joe) Schenk, Mary Currie, and Barb (Rick) Earley; cousin of Mary Helen Colston, as well as many loving nephews, niece, relatives and friends will miss her very much. Anna was preceded in death by her brave father, Mathias Tabar, dear beloved mother Anna (Mannes) Tabar, older brother, Peter Tabar, and her uncle, Peter Mannes. She was also preceded into Heaven by her childhood friend, Anna (Joe) Unterreiner and her loving Sister-in-law, Katarina (John) Seifried
Anna was born on October 22, 1927, in the village Deutsch-Zerne, Yugoslavia (now Srpska Crnja). She was baptized in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Deutsch-Zerne (now Crkvi Sv.Jozef U Srpskoj Crnji). She began sewing clothing when she was only 14 years old, mentored by an elderly village woman. As an adolescent, she learned about the ultimate love of her parents, the hardships of war, and the struggles to survive.
Anton (“Tony”) and Anna were married July 15, 1950 at St. Joseph of Nazareth Church Cincinnati, Ohio, Rev. Virgil Kaiser, OFM, Pastor. Witnesses were Thomas & Elsie Rechtin. Their marriage endured for 66 years. Each of their lives was filled with so much challenge, often heartache, and hiraeth but they each possess an inner strength most of us can only imagine.
Anna and Tony worked most every day of their lives. Both came to this country to escape war and find freedom, to start their lives over. They became Naturalized Citizens of the United States. Both learned to speak a new language with Anton sitting behind Anna in night class, giving her answers when she needed. They never forgot their homeland. There were a few family vacations, mostly trips to visit cousins in Michigan or to go camping on Lake Erie or the Great Smoky Mountains. She taught her children the value of an education though she only spent a few years in a classroom. She valued a true gift for being fair-minded. Later in life, she continued to be active, walking in the parks, growing her beautiful flowers, raising vegetables and fruit in the garden with Tony, and caring for her pets. She passed on her beautiful smile and generosity of giving to all she met. Strangers always received a smile and returned it to her. And there was never a dog she met she wouldn’t try to scratch and pet. If you knew Anna, you knew how much she loved dogs.
In the end, Anna didn’t want to leave but what can you do? She’d battled so much in her last years, losing her mother, surviving a terrible cancer, and her own body growing weaker. But she lived just to be with us as long as she could, so much love that kept her here for such a good long time. Her gentle voice, quiet smile, warm embrace, a strong kiss on the cheek and her eyes as blue as the sky… all were fading. An old saying, “Sleep doesn’t help if it’s your soul that’s tired.” Her heart was tired, so much hurt through the difficult times which only made her stronger but also so much more loving. A heart which gave us life, now rests. Until we meet again, we love you, Mom, Oma.
†Our family would request in lieu of flowers, donations be given in Anna’s name to an animal shelter or rescue of your choice.
†Service details: At the convenience of the family.
Bolton & Lunsford Funeral Home, 3042 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Interment: Old St. Joseph's Cemetery, 3819 W 8th St, Cincinnati, Ohio.