Mary Ann Hanak (1935 - 2017)

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Mary Anne Hanak, age 81, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away on June 18, 2017. She was born on Nov. 29, 1935, on a trap line along the Copper River that flows into Iliamna Lake, Alaska. Her parents were Edward "Jumbo" Yanonis, from Regia, Latvia, and Agoffia "Aggie" Mutang (Simeon), a Dena'ina Athabascan.
Mary Anne lived in Pile Bay, Alaska, until she was 12, then moved to Valley Christian Home in Wasilla, Alaska, where she only had three years of grade school education before entering King's Garden High School in Seattle, Wash., graduating with honors in 1956. In 1962, she graduated with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Seattle Pacific Collage in Social Studies and Language Arts. Mary Anne was the first person in her family to graduate from high school and college.
On April 10, 1963, Mary Anne married Anton John Hanak II, the love of her life. They lived in Anchorage and had two children.
Mary Anne began her teaching career at Orion Jr. High School at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska; worked for the Aleut Pribilof Islands Association Inc., as an Education
Director; worked for the Anchorage School District in the Indian Education Program; and then taught at West Anchorage High School as an Indian Education teacher. Mary Anne retired after 30-plus years. In her retirement years, she started a B&B with her husband and loved hosting guests from all over the world. She had a passion for cooking, created and tried new recipes, and enjoyed entertaining. She loved playing scrabble, reading mysteries and any book that was engaging, interesting and thought provoking, and most of all, she loved her family.
Mary Anne is survived by her husband, John; children, Heather Hanak Dongoski and son-in-law John Dongoski of Anchorage, and Anton "Tony" John Hanak III and daughter-in-law Kourtney of Oakland, Calif.; grandchildren, Jamie Dongoski and Kennedy Hanak; and sibling, Daniel O'Hara of Naknek, Alaska.
Mary Anne is preceded in death by her sisters, Rose Husker, Mabel Donaca and Hilda Roberts.
A celebration of Mary Anne's life will be held at her home, 1455 Hillcrest Drive, on July 22, 2017, at 1 p.m., followed by a potluck. The officiant is Rev. Matt Schultz, First Presbyterian Church in Anchorage, where she was a member. Donations may be made to her preferred charity, the Abused Women's Aid In Crisis (AWAIC), 100 West 13th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 16 to July 17, 2017