Anna Josephine Bernacki Mazur, 97, of Branford, Connecticut, passed away May 7, 2017, while at the Connecticut Hospice of Branford. Spring was her favorite time of year when the drabness of winter was replaced in her beloved gardens and woodlands by delicate wild flowers, brilliant dogwoods, colorful azaleas, rich laurel blossoms, and the soft green of new growth. Spring also brought forth sweet songs from the many birds that she had so lovingly fed throughout the long winter.
Anna was born to her mother, Regina, and delivered into the world by her father, Joseph, in 1920 at the Bernacki family farm in Killingworth, Connecticut. Her parents emigrated from Poland to the United States in the early nineteen hundreds. Together with her four brothers and two sisters, she attended a one-room school on Chestnut Hill in Killingworth. After completing the eighth grade, she lived with her older sister in West Haven, and attended New Haven's Commercial High and West Haven High School. She married her husband, Joe, three days before her 20th birthday. She was an extraordinary mother who taught the importance of respect for those less fortunate, or who were different, especially refugee children who came to this country at the close of World War II. She was warmly supportive of her sons, always encouraging academic achievement, a love of music, and responsibility toward one's community. As an amateur artist she created cards and displays from pressed flowers, which today are held dear by those who received them. Anna was dedicated to preparing nutritious meals for her family whether using vegetables from her husband's garden, chickens from the family flock, or produce from the local store, making every day's meal a "Sunday Dinner."
For 61 years, Anna was the much beloved wife of Joseph Edward Mazur, who passed away in 2001. She is survived by her son David Alan Mazur of Branford, who with great devotion, respect, and affection provided for her daily care and welfare during the last several years of her life. She is also survived by her son Edward Joseph Mazur, granddaughter Katherine M. Gallagher, and grandsons David C. Mazur and Jonathan E. Mazur, all of Virginia. She is also survived by six great-grandchildren: Joseph Gallagher; John, Lillian, and Christopher Mazur; and Joshua and Julia Mazur, respectively, and by numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held for Anna at Tabor Lutheran Church, 45 Tabor Drive, Branford, Connecticut, 06405, beginning at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 13, 2017, to be followed be a reception at the church at which she was a member for 75 years. Donations in Anna's name may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, Connecticut Chapter, 200 Executive Boulevard, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489, or to Tabor Lutheran Church.