Anna Zahrijczuk died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late John Zahrijczuk. She is the mother of Maria Nardella (husband Michael) of Branford. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Mia Collins of Branford, Marty Collins of North Carolina, John Collins of Branford, Amy Lackey (husband Bill), Michael Nardella (wife Carrie), Maria Webb (husband Stephen), and Sam Nardella. She also leaves her 9 great-grandchildren: Eugene, Alison, Grace, Kara, Sally, Nathan, Nicholas, Tucker, and her beloved John Paul, who she watched and raised for 3 years. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, her older brother, and twin sister Maria.
Anna was born in the Ukraine on September 18, 1925. At the age of 16, she was taken to Germany for forced labor where she met her husband and was eventually married. They came to America on a liberty ship, the USS Eisenhower to Ellis Island where they were met by their sponsor, Mr. George Worsau of Clinton, CT where they lived and worked for a short period of time. They were then brought to Branford by Mr. John Huzar, where they settled and remained. She has resided in Branford ever since. She and her husband operated 3 restaurants in 36 years in Branford. Their restaurants were home to local and state politicians and celebrities.
She loved to travel to Europe, back to her native Ukraine, winters in Barbados and Florida. She loved cooking for holidays for her family, especially bobkas, stuffed cabbage, and her famous cheese and cabbage pierogis. She loved her friends, she loved jai alai and the casino and she loved going out to dinner. She especially loved spending time with her family. She will be missed.
Her family would like to thank the staff and nurses at the Guilford House who made her six weeks there pleasant. They would also like to thank the doctors and nurses at Yale New Haven Hospital and CT Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 at St. Michael's Ukranian Church on George St. in New Haven. Burial will be in St. Agnes Cemetery in Branford. Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 P.M. at the W.S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home in Branford. A Panachyda service will be held at 6:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT 06405.
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