Anna J. Jenney, 71, of Lake View, a former nurse's aide at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Lackawanna, died Sunday (Oct. 21, 2001) at Mitchell Campus of Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a brief illness.
Born Anna Hornik in Zwickau, Germany, which became part of East Germany after World War II, she escaped to West Germany when she was 17 by hiding in a deep ditch and running to avoid searchlights across no man's land. Machine guns were fired at her, but they missed.
Knowing no one in West Germany, she went to a public park, where she spoke to an American woman who was the wife of a U.S. Army physician. They took her into their household to help care for their two children. Subsequently, she met her future husband, John Jenney, who was serving in West Germany in the Army.
She came to America with her husband and became a naturalized citizen. The mother of four, she worked at Our Lady of Victory Hospital for 40 years, starting as a housekeeper and becoming a nurse's aide. She retired in 1995.
Her husband died in 1979.
Surviving are two daughters, LaReta of Hamburg and Joanne Jenney Pawinski of Hohenfels, Germany, and seven grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 2052 Lake View Road, Lake View, after prayers at 9:45 in Donald M. Demmerley Funeral Home, 21 Pierce Ave., Hamburg. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.