10 January 2016

Sunday’s Obituary: Anna Hruszczak Coffey

When I was young, I thought Hruszczak was a unique name, that MY family was the only one with that name. It is after all an unusual name here in America. As I grew older and got interested in knowing more about the family, I realized that we are not the only ones with that name.

My grandfather (1st generation American) did not know much about his father’s life before he came here. He did once tell me that there were three of them and that his father (Panko Hruszczak) was the only son. The two girls, he had heard, married Frenchmen and stayed there. He never was certain if they moved to France or not, just that their husbands were from France. So when I notice someone with the same last name, I pay attention.

During a random broad search on Ancestry.com, I found the obituary for an Anna Hruszczak Coffey. I have not connected this family with mine. I know little about them, although I will trace them too and see if we do connect.

Her obituary reads:
Anna Hruszczak Coffey, 60, of Oxford, NJ, died Monday, July 15, 2013, at her home. Born: Elizabeth, NJ, October 24, 1952, daughter of the late Wasyl and Rosalia Sapira Hruszczak, she had resided in Oxford since 1984. Personal: She served with the US Air Force for eight years during the Vietnam War and was stationed in Germany. Anna retired in 2012, from Hagedorn Geriatric and Psychiatric Care Facility,Glen Gardner, NJ. Survivors: Surviving are a daughter, Natalia Coffey, of Arlington, VA; a son, Daniel Coffey, of Oxford, NJ; two brothers, George Hruszczak of Jackson, NJ, and Walter Hruszczak of Kintnersville, PA; and three sisters, Luba Nestorowycz of Rochester, NY, Mary Cheshaek of Gilbert, AZ, and Christine Saunders of Myrtle Beach, SC. Her husband, Charles F. Coffey, died in 1985; a sister, Katherine Finnigan, died in 2006; and a brother, Frederick Hruszczak, died in 2009. Services: Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 20, 2013, at 10:00 AM in the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ. Calling hours will be Friday 6:00-8:00 PM

The Express Times. (LehighValleyLive.com), 17 July 2013.

Sunday’s Obituary is a genealogical prompt of GeneaBloggers.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2016

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