Anna Link died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at Paonia Rehabilitation and Care Center in Paonia. She was 92.
Anna was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Her parents were Polish immigrants who settled in Ohio to work in the steel mills. She lived through the depression years and knew what hunger and poverty meant. She worked hard to help her folks feed the kids and maintain a living. She had limited educational opportunities, but had will and determination to support her family and help her friends in many countless ways. She was fiercely loyal to family and outrageously generous with friends.
Anna loved celebrations. She had lots of gatherings at her home to celebrate birthdays, showers, weddings and holidays. Her apple pie was the best in town, with her lemon meringue coming in a close second. She made weekly apple pies for the firemen who worked with her son at the firehouse. Everyone was welcome to her home and there would be plenty of good food and music. She loved music. She and her daughter would visit nursing homes to play polkas and waltzes. She played the tambourine while her daughter played the accordion. She also led the folks in the "Chicken Dance." Her "Hokey Pokey" usually caused chuckles.
Anna came to Colorado in 1998 to be near her family. She liked to vend in flea markets and joined in lots of senior activities at the senior apartments. Then she was a passenger in an auto accident and the subsequent increase of physical infirmities slowed her down. But her mind and spirit were always ready for as much adventure as her circumstances would permit.
Anna is survived by her daughter, Carol Lamm-Mog; and her brother, Walter Puchalski and his wife Dorothy.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John F. Link; her son, Robert J. Chimohaski; her brothers, Edward, John, Stanley, Kasmir and Joseph (the "Pulchalski" boys); and her sisters, Mary Boyce, Rose Boyce and Josephine Schweizer.
A service in celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at the Taylor Funeral Service Chapel, 682 1725 Road, Delta. Her remains will be interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, at a later date. Watch out heaven, here comes Anna!
Arrangements are being handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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