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EVANOFF VIRUET, Anna M.
EVANOFF VIRUET - Anna M. OF: Orchard Park, NY
DOB: May 29, 1936 DEPARTED: September 21, 2018 DAUGHTER OF: father Theodore (Metody) Evanoff; birthmother Anna Christo Evanoff (died in childbirth), second mother Petra (Mitre) Evanoff, who raised Anna from infancy. PREDECEASED BY: father Theodore (Metody) Evanoff ; birthmother Anna Christo Evanoff (died in childbirth), second mother Petra (Mitre) Evanoff, who raised Anna from infancy; brother James (Dimitri) Evanoff; grandmother Metra Evanoff. BELOVED SISTER OF: Mary (Dean) Patton of Peoria, IL; Christina (Nelson) Brown of Syracuse, NY; Theodora Pappas of Lackawanna, NY; Stephanie (Thomas) McNicholas of Napa, CA; Victoria (Fr. Rastko) Trbuhovich of Orchard Park, NY; Marti (wife of brother James) Evanoff of Blue Mountain Lake, NY. DEAREST AUNT OF: Cathy (Patton) Lamb; Stacy (Patton) vonStipdonk; Matthew Patton; Lisa Brown; Jeffrey Brown; Peter Brown; Nicholas Pappas; Benjamin Pappas; Kyra McNicholas; Alexander McNicholas; Sarah (Trbuhovich) Fiedeldey; Basil Trbuhovich. Anna M. Evanoff Viruet was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, to a proud family of immigrants from Macedonia. A product of the Syracuse District Public School system, Anna graduated from William Nottingham High School in 1954, together with her twin sister Mary. Anna was a talented artist, and graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts. She especially developed her art in sculpture and pottery, and created crackle glazes which set her work apart. After graduation, Anna moved to New York City, accepted a position at the Lighthouse, where she worked with individuals with visual disabilities and taught them hands-on artistic skills. She then moved to positions at Casita Maria Carver and Lenox Hill, where her Fine Arts training, coupled with youth populations work, earned her great respect. Finally, Anna took a position at the Jewish Home and Hospital, the largest facility of its kind in New York City, where she was employed for over 30 years. At the Jewish Home, Anna held the position of Recreation Supervisor, and was distinguished by her ability to bring joy and adventure to all the residents. Her birthday parties for the residents, her creative trips, including balloon rides, and the lunches, dinners and Broadway plays for which she was able to obtain donations of tickets so the residents could enjoy special outings gratis: all of these were hallmarks of Anna's brilliant skills with the geriatric population. During her tenure at the Jewish Home and Hospital, Anna earned a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Recreation at Lehman College, New York City. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the Ss. Cosmas and Damian Adult Home on Staten Island, where her guidance and leadership advanced the work of the home. Anna was an incredibly generous and philanthropic individual. As an animal lover, she supported animal causes most of her life. She loved the wild mustangs, provided funding for orphaned animals of all kinds (especially cats) and would boycott any products made through animal testing. She was true to her beliefs. She likewise supported the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, as well as the 911 Memorial and Museum in New York City. Perhaps the part of Anna that was most memorable was her love for her family and family traditions. "Teta Anna," was how she was lovingly known to her 12 nieces and nephews, and her 16 great nieces and nephews. Christmas was not the same unless Teta Anna carefully trimmed the tree and led the singing of Christmas carols at home in Syracuse. She brought joy to every holiday, and generous gifts for all. She had many varied interests: she loved Broadway, Jones Beach and the Jersey Shore. Anna was a strong swimmer, having been a lifeguard in her younger years. She was never happier than when she was at the ocean. She loved traveling to see relatives on the Balkan Peninsula. Nearing the end of her life, her sisters, brothers-in-law, and nieces and nephews often included a visit to her in her apartment in Western New York, some of the children making cupcakes for her, some making drawings to decorate her apartment. She remained a communicant and steward of the St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, NY until her repose. She will be buried in Syracuse at Woodlawn Cemetery near her parents. May her Memory be Eternal! Vjecnaja Pamjat. Visitation at Colonial Memorial Chapels, Inc., Lackawanna, NY, will be Tuesday, September 25, from 4-6 PM, with a Pomen at 5 PM. Visitation will be at the SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Syracuse NY, on Thursday, September 27 at 10 AM, followed by Funeral Services at 11 AM. Internment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined.
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