Anna Kozik, 100, of St. Charles, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Provena Pine View Care Center, where she had recently made her home.
She was born Aug. 8, 1910, the daughter of Paul and Suzana (Hrokus) Sladek in Czechoslovakia.
She grew up near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, and attended local schools.
Anna was united in marriage to Paul Kozik in Czechoslovakia on Jan. 29, 1928. They traveled back to the United States to make their home.
They lived in Chicago for a time until 1943, when they moved to Ramm Road in Maple Park, where they made their home for many years. Anna continued to live on the family farm after Paul passed away in 1984. Due to declining health, she moved to Provena Pine View Care Center in 2004.
The care of her family was Annaâ€™s number-one priority. She worked on the farm, made their house a home and worked as a housekeeper for several local families.
Anna was a faithful member of St. Gall Catholic Church for many years.
Annaâ€™s farm garden helped to feed generations of family and friends. Freezers and shelves held the harvest that always came on her birthday. On that day, a party was held and instead of giving gifts, everyone found themselves laden with gifts from her garden and kitchen. Smells of cooking and baking often permeated the home and held the promise of home-cooked meals, birthday cakes and cookies. She was a loving grandmother to not only her grandchildren, but to anyone who crossed the threshold. She will live long in the memories of those who loved her and will not soon be forgotten.
She is survived by her son, John P. (Patricia) Kozik; four grandchildren, John P. (Cathie) Kozik Jr., Molly (Jeff) Horn, Stephen (Chie) Kozik and Thomas Kozik; five great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Anna Kozik, Michael E. Kozik, Quinlan Kozik, Emily Kozik and Mary Horn; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Visitation was Monday, Sept. 13, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life followed visitation at St. Gall Catholic Church. Interment followed at St. Gall Cemetery, Elburn.
A memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the â€œAnna Kozik Memorialâ€ and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at www.conleycare.com.