Anna (Babij) Zielinski was called peacefully to her heavenly home early Monday morning, Dec. 31, 2018, after a long illness. She is now safe in the arms of Jesus, her Savior, whom she loved so very much.
Anna was born in Holodowka, Ukraine, in 1925. She was the daughter of the late Wasyl and Zofia (Dobranski) Babij. She was taken to Germany at the age of 17 in 1942, where she worked under forced labor for the duration of WWII. She met her husband of 33 years, Michael A. Zielinski, in the displaced persons camp. They relocated to Venezuela in 1948.
The family was sponsored to move to the United States by her brother, the late Michael Babij, in 1958 and settled in New Britain. Anna worked multiple jobs while raising her family, retiring from the Environmental Services Department of New Britain General Hospital in 1990.
Daily Bible reading and prayer were an integral part of her daily life and strong faith in God. After retirement, Anna enjoyed an active life, gardening, and home projects, embroidery, sewing, cooking and baking, and spending time with her family, who were “her heart.”
Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; her parents; brothers, Michael (Patricia) Babij of New Britain, and Joseph Babij of Ukraine; plus three other siblings and in-laws in Ukraine and Belorus.
Anna is survived by her children, sons, Luke and Victor of New Britain; daughter, Olga Johns of Louisville, Ky.; granddaughters, Vanessa Ann Johns of Louisville, Ky., and Abigail Grace Johns of San Francisco, Calif.; and her former son-in-law, Cliff Johns of Louisville, Ky.
She is also survived by one sister, and multiple nieces and nephews in Ukraine; cousin, Katherine Szestakow of New Britain; nephews, Ben (Fran) Babij of Meriden; Michael Babij and Stephen Babij of New Britain; and dear lifelong friends, Helena and Michael Thomson of Hartford. Many thanks to Maria Ugryn of New Britain, Anna’s faithful and loving caretaker of many years.
Burial was held privately. A memorial service and reception will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 296 New Britain Ave., Newington, 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 12.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Helps Ministries, 1340-J Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806. Erickson-Hansen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.