Anna Michalczyk

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Anna Michalczyk, 85, of Peckville, died Sunday morning at home. Beloved wife of Andrew Michalczyk, they recently celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary with a family trip to Boston, in conjunction with their grandson's wedding.

Born Jan. 11, 1927, in Jermyn, daughter of the late Wasco and Anna Krisa Krenitsky, she was a graduate of Archbald High School. She was a member of St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church, Jermyn, and was proud of her ethnic heritage.

Anna was kind, gentle and generous, with a magnetic personality who always placed the needs of others before her own. Although she suffered a debilitating stroke with a complete loss of speech, Anna continued to socialize, be a friend to all, and have great empathy for others. Anna worked in the Billig Shoe Factory and Polansky Bakery, but she considered her role as housewife, mother and caregiver as her most important calling. Not only was she the best wife and mother, but she also lovingly dedicated many years caring for her own mother and mother-in-law. She played an integral part in the lives of her cherished grandchildren, Amber and Ryan, and her equally cherished great-granddaughter, Karoline. They were the lights of her life and she was incredibly proud of them. She will be greatly missed by her devoted husband and caregiver, Andrew, and by her daughter, Karen, who was also her lifelong best friend. Anna enjoyed going to the casino with her daughter and granddaughter right up until the day before her passing.

Also surviving are her daughter, Karen Bonda and husband, Robin, Peckville; two grandchildren, Ryan Bonda and wife, Alexandra, Boston; and Amber Evans and husband, Eric, Eynon; a great-granddaughter, Karoline Evans, Eynon; three brothers, Joseph Krenitsky, Jermyn; Michael Krenitsky, Simpson; and Basil Krenitsky, New Jersey; several nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, John; two sisters, Olga Palese and Mary Zielinski; and nephews, Michael and Joseph Krenitsky.

Funeral services will be Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in St. Michael's Russian Orthodox Church, Jermyn, by the Very Rev. John Kowalczyk. Interment at St. Mary's Visitation Cemetery, Dickson City. All friends and family are asked to go directly to church on the morning of the funeral.

Friends may call Wednesday, 5 to 8 p.m., at the Robert E. Decker Funeral Home, 702 River St., Peckville. Parastas will be held Wednesday at 7.
Published in Scranton Times on Oct. 9, 2012