Obituary of Anna Pap
Anna (ne Kaszas) Pap
88 years old, formerly of Hamburg, NY, passed peacefully with her four children by her side in Lowel, MA. Born in the small village of Alcsut, Hungary, she survived bombings during WW2, German and Russian occupation of her home and communism. She was the first girl in her village to leave and attend school in the city and graduate from high school. She worked at the Budapest post office bank, where she met the love of her life, John Pap. With their family’s blessing, they escaped from Hungary after the Hungarian Revolution was crushed in 1956.
They came to the United States and were lovingly sponsored as refugees by the Venneman family in Buffalo, NY. John worked at Bethlehem Steel for 25 years, while Anna was a homemaker. She also worked at Charlotte Avenue School, as a lunch room monitor and at JoAnn Fabrics. They learned English, raised four children and truly lived the American dream. Anna loved to cook, bake, sew, crochet, garden and travel. She was an active member of the Hamburg Presbyterian church and Women’s Association for many years. She would be the first one to bring over a hot meal and an apple pie to anyone in need. She actively volunteered in the community, and especially loved serving at the Rutland Regional Medical Center in Vermont. As a "traveling Grandma”, she lived with and visited her children around the world after John died, including Vermont, Guam, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Hungary & Bolivia.
She leaves behind her four children, Anna (Bob) D’Auria of Chelmsford, MA, Julia (David) Charnock of Rutland, VT, Christina (Michael) Pasdo of Minneapolis, MN and John (Cecilia) Pap of Hamburg, NY. She also leaves 14 grandchildren (Bobby, John, Annika & Jeff D’Auria, Robby, David, Kristy & Emily Charnock, Brendan, Allison & Alexander Pasdo and Brianna, Abigail & Giselle Pap) and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband John of 42 years, her parents Gyorgy & Julianna Kaszas, her brother Gyorgy Kaszas and many relatives in Hungary.
Her greatest pride and joy were her grandchildren. She loved to spend time with them and tell the amazing stories of her incredibly fulfilling life. She valued her deep faith, family, education, freedom and public service. She touched so many lives, was deeply loved and will be forever missed. Until we meet again, talalkozunk.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, November 11th from 10-12PM at the Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Avenue, Hamburg, NY, where a service will immediately follow at 12PM. Interment will be made in Hillcrest Cemetery in Hamburg.
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