Anna (Bobshe) Harris, 97, passed away peacefully, with her family by her side, on Sunday morning, Jan. 20, 2013, at Riverstreet Manor, Wilkes-Barre.
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Born Jan. 6, 1916, in Duryea, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Amelia Zalenski.
Anna formerly resided in Park Avenue Towers, Wilkes-Barre, for many years. She enjoyed cooking, playing the piano for her grandchildren and bus trips.
Anna embraced her Polish heritage, but her greatest joy was being called "Bobshe" by her grandchildren. She took great pride in her family's accomplishments. She would brag about her children and grandchildren continuously, to anyone and everyone who would lend her an ear. She will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted "Ma," "Bobshe" and friend.
Preceding her in death were her first husband, Charles VanAuken; second husband, Raymond Harris; her loving son, Gordon VanAuken; daughter-in-law, Joan VanAuken; brothers, Stanley Zalenski and Henry Zalenski; and sisters-in-law, Rosemary Zalenski and Ruth Zalenski.
Anna is survived by her children, Judge Robert VanAuken, Arkansas; Linda Barnes, California; and Ron Harris, California; daughters-in-law, Barbara Miller, Arkansas; and Tammy Harris, Plymouth; grandchildren, Gordon VanAuken, Nevada; Jackie Kaptain, Nevada; Robbie VanAuken, Arkansas; Puneeth and Annie Sherwin, Wisconsin; Amanda Harris, Plymouth; and Kevin Harris, Plymouth; great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Anna's family would like to thank Dr. John Carey, as well as the staff at Riverstreet Manor, for the compassionate care they bestowed upon her throughout the years.
Anna was a member of the United Methodist Church.
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are by S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth.
Please visit www.sjgrontkowskifuneralhome.comto submit online condolences to Anna's family.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Jan. 23 to Jan. 26, 2013