Johanna ("Hanni") Pfluger, of Cedaredge, passed away Dec. 7, 2017. She was 84 years of age.
A rosary will be prayed at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13, at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Cedaredge. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 13. Rev. Albeiro Herrera-Ciro will preside. Services will conclude at the church.
Johanna was born Feb. 18, 1933, in Wostrowa, Germany (Sudetenland) now known as Ostrov, Czech Republic to the late Wenzel and Hedwig (Fretschner) Waworka. She had a twin brother, Erich and a younger sister, Anna.
Johanna grew up on her parents' farm that was much like an American farm. Her father grew various grain and potato crops and tended to the usual farm animals. During WWII, Johanna worked to help her parents with the farm.
Following the Potsdam Conference in 1945, Johanna's family and as many as 500,000 other people were forced to leave their homes as refugees when territory lines changed from Sudetenland, Germany, to Czechoslovakia. German authorities determined which families in Germany had sufficient home space to accommodate the incoming families from Sudetenland. As many as 30 people shared one room for eight weeks in Bavaria, Germany, until placement could be made. When Johanna's family was placed with a host family, they resided with the family for one year before settling in their own home in Augsburg, Germany. The families developed a close relationship that lasted until Johanna's parents passed away.
Johanna worked in a local weaving factory for six months. She then found a better position in an Augsburg weaving factory making cotton material. She would take the train to Augsburg and spend the week working and return home on the weekends. Her twin brother, Erich, also worked in Augsburg in the Holzhei Diesel plant. Erich's best friend was Max Pfluger. Max rode the same train as Johanna and Erich. Johanna and Max became friends. In fact, they became such close friends that they wished the train rides would never end.
Johanna married Max Pfluger on Nov. 8, 1953, in Markt Wald, Germany.
In 1962, Johanna and Max decided to immigrate to the United States. Max's cousin, Ernst Knittel, of Westminister, Calif., sponsored the immigration. On May 31, 1962, Johanna and Max arrived in San Francisco. Neither could speak English. Their strong will, work ethic, and belief in themselves carried them through this difficult time.
Johanna loved her new country and enjoyed traveling and visiting many of its states. In 1972, she became a United States citizen. She worked for 30 years as a self-employed professional seamstress and interior decorator. In 1993, Johanna and Max retired and moved to Cedaredge. The Cedaredge community allowed them to pursue their outdoor interests of camping and fishing. They traveled with the Thunder Mountain Camping Club. Johanna and Max traveled extensively the western part of the United States and Canada.
On one occasion while traveling in Canada, Max did not follow Johanna's navigational directions and made a wrong turn in the very large city of Calgary. Suddenly they found themselves driving their fifth wheel camper in a high rise apartment community with very narrow streets. Johanna had to exit the camper to guide Max through a tight turning encounter without scraping the sides of the camper. If only men would listen to their wife's directions!!
Johanna and Max celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Nov. 8, 2003, with a gala event. Max passed away Feb. 8, 2004.
It was hard for Johanna after the loss of her longtime husband. She met the challenge bravely and continued an active life sharing with her German family and countless friends. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, she hosted bunco parties, and she hosted numerous holiday and special event gatherings for her friends. Johanna was an excellent cook with sauerbraten, red cabbage, spätzele, and Black Forest cake being one of her favorite meals. Johanna found comfort with her pets, especially Moritz, Rufus, Daisy, and Joey.
Johanna is survived by her sister and many nieces and nephews living in Germany.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Johanna's name to HopeWest, PO Box 24, Delta, CO 81416.
Arrangements are under the direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory, Delta.
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