Ann M. De Hanes
AGE: 87 • Perth Amboy
Ann De Hanes entered eternal life on Nov. 18, 2013. She was born in South Amboy to Jacob and Mary Kuc. She moved to Perth Amboy in 1949 when she married Michael De Hanes who passed away in 1993.
Ann worked for Maidenform as a seamstress. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish. She was a faithful member of the church choir for 22 years until 2009 when she became ill. She especially loved the services of Holy Week because the music is so reminiscent of the signs and symbols of Christ's Passion, which she so embraced.
Ann was a member of the Holy Trinity Rosary-Altar Society, deeply immersed in the recitation of the rosary, often saying 3 rosaries a day. As part of the Divine Mercy Prayer Group, Ann recited the chaplet every Sunday after Mass on behalf of the parishioners, priests and religious of Perth Amboy along with many special intentions for which this group has come to be known. She was also a member of the Holy Trinity Senior Club.
And then there was the St. Ann's Novena, her favorite. She participated in this July, 9-day service from the early 1950s until this very year. By her example of piety, she was a living testament to faith and belief in the power of intercessory prayer.
As a homemaker, Ann was an excellent cook. Delicious Polish recipes were her favorite and she was a member of the baking group at church known as the "Holy Rollers." Her doors were always open for friends and family to stop by for a bite to eat or enjoy a backyard picnic.
Ann's unrelenting fight against cancer surprised even her doctors. Although it was often very difficult, she was compliant with medical and surgical intervention. She respected the healthcare professionals who tried to help her along the way. She was not afraid to try alternatives and natural therapies for a balance that she strove to achive as she tried to help herself. Her daughter, Christine said, "She was remarkable to watch."
Honestly, Ann's focus was her Spiritual journey as she gracefully dedicated her life to prayer in its many forms as she went about her activities as a Catholic mother, grandmother, homemaker and friend. Anyone who knew Ann knew that she was a deeply religious woman whose kindness towards others is rarely matched! She fought the good fight in the face of agonizing pain. In fact, she prayed her pain away.
Ann leaves behind a daughter, Christine De Hanes of Perth Amboy; a son, Michael and his wife Heidi and a grandson, Matthew. She also leaves behind four sisters, Ceil Lacko, Helen Kuc and Josephine Starosciak, all of South Amboy, and Mary Adamecs of Bridgewater. She was predeceased by her three brothers, Peter, Jacob, and Frank Kuc. She leaves behind 5 nephews and 2 nieces. She is predeceased by 1 nephew and 2 nieces.
Her daughter, Christine, her son, Michael and her entire family and friends miss her very much, but know they will see her again.
Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 at Gustav J. Novak Funeral Home, 419 Barclay St., Perth Amboy. We will leave from Novak's at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, Johnstone and Lawrie Streets. Burial will be at Holy Trinity Cemetery.