Iva Hannas, a resident of Poway, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones, on March 13, 2014, following a sudden illness. She was 92 years old.
Iva entered the world on June 1, 1921, in Chester, Pennsylvania, the third of seven children born to Harry and Alice Sprowles. In 1942, she married Carl William Hannas, with whom she made a family and lived happily until his death 50 years later in 1992. Most of her life, Iva resided in southeastern Pennsylvania, including in Chalfont and Dublin. In 1987 she and Carl retired to Oxford, Maryland. Following Carl's death, she lived with her daughter and her family for 21 years, moving to Poway, CA, in 2001.
Those who knew Iva will remember her for her forthright and caring personality as well as the high value she placed on hard work and honest behavior as the keys to success in life. She was also a perpetual optimist, well-adept at identifying the positive aspects of things.
Surviving Iva are her children, William and wife, Jennifer, of Ashburn, VA, Alan and wife, Judy, of Bloomsburg, PA, Edward and wife, Claudia, of Germany, and Betsy Morris and husband, Gregg, of Poway, CA; and sisters, Elizabeth Sprowles of San Carlos, CA, and Dorothy Hakenjos of San Diego. Iva had six grandchildren, Jason Hannas, Ryan Hannas, Christiana Hannas, Katherine Morris, Robin Morris and Tiffany Hannas, and four great-grandchildren.
There will a memorial service for Iva on Friday, March 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at St Gabriel's Church, 13734 Twin Peaks Rd, Poway, CA. In addition, a funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 8, 2014, at Saints Peter & Paul Church in Easton, MD. Iva will then be laid to rest next to her husband in the Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, MD.
Friends wanting to honor her memory are welcome to donate to Sonata Hospice, 8825 Aero Dr, San Diego, CA 92123, or Life Choices, 13412 Pomerado Rd, Poway, CA 92064.