Anna Ganczarski Anllo departed this life peacefully at the age of 104 on Saturday, August 18, 2012, a day overflowing with brilliant blue sky and bird song, which delighted her throughout her life. Born March 21, 1908, to Polish immigrant parents George and Anna Ganczarski, Anna was the fourth of nine children. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Mayfield, Pennsylvania, a place she always held close to her heart and which remained a tangible source of storytelling, joy, and comfort for her until her final days. Her Polish-American upbringing permeated her cooking and her holiday traditions, which her family continues to honor and embrace, while still attempting to replicate her one-of-a-kind rice pudding.

In her 20s, Anna moved to New York City, where she held several different jobs. At Eagle Pencil Company, her supervisor was Manuel Anllo. Anna and Manuel wed on December 26, 1934, in Manhattan, where they raised three children. Anna and Manuel, who pre-deceased Anna in 1987, moved to Danbury in 1969. Their home was known for its beautiful flower garden, which Anna lovingly cultivated with her green thumb, often growing the most beautiful blooms on the block. For the last four years, Anna made her home at The Village of Brookfield, where she was devotedly cared for by many aides and nurses, to whom Anna's family is exceedingly grateful for their many kindnesses.

Anna will be dearly missed by her three children, Manny (Marion) Anllo of Hamilton Square, New Jersey; Barbara (Bill) Hackett of Chatham, New Jersey; and Marilyn (Joe) Perry of Bethel; the families of her 10 grandchildren, Larry Hackett, Lori DiGaetano, Christine Plante, Lisa Hoffman, Colin Hackett, Jennifer A. Perry, Jeanne-Marie Perry Hudson, Kenneth Anllo, Paul Hackett, and Joseph Perry, Jr.; and 20 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial in celebration of Anna's life will be held Wednesday, August 22,2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Cottage St., Danbury, where she worshipped for more than 40 years. Burial will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury.  There will be no calling hours. In memory of Anna, contributions may be made to Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut, 405 Main St., Danbury, CT  06810.

"The angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid..., for you have found favor with God.'" (Luke 1:30)

Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, 9-11 Granville Ave., Danbury is in charge of arrangements.



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