Anna Mongyi Mitsch passed peacefully through the gates of heaven on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at the age of 84 at her home in Randolph, NJ.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday Oct. 28, at 1:30pm at Resurrection Parish in Randolph followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Visitation will be Saturday Oct. 26 from 2:00 to 5:00pm at Parkway Wozniak Memorial Home in Clark.
Born in Adacs, Hungary on Nov. 24, 1934, Anna left her hometown at age 16 to be a fine seamstress in Budapest. Though a difficult decision to leave behind her beloved mother and two older sisters after the short-lived Oct. 1956 Hungarian Revolution, escaping became modestly easier after dodging bullets while waiting in a Budapest bread line.
Upon emigrating to the U.S. and settling first in Newark in 1957, Irvington in 1962, and Springfield in 1968, she became the quintessential stereotype of a hard-working refugee doing well in the New World through sheer will and hard work. She worked at Miller's Bakery in Springfield and Western Electric in Kearny, but her leading role was as a devoted mother to her two sons, and later to three grandchildren. Her cooking was unparalleled as were her homemaking skills, and she was always ready to help her family in any way possible. She never missed a Hungarian festival where she would most likely be found waltzing or singing with friends.
Her tenacity/resiliency was on full display right up to the very end, as she defied medical professionals' estimates on when cancer would ultimately take her. She was pre-deceased by her husband 'Misi' of 56 years, and is survived by two sons, Michael Mitsch of Randolph with his wife Trina and daughter Elizabeth, and Frank Mitsch of Chatham with his wife Birgit and sons Thomas and Henry. For those who may wish to donate, please consider the Csűrdöngölő Folk Ensemble in New Brunswick, http://www.csurfolk.org/
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