We announce with sadness the passing of our dear Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother. She left us on February 18 at the age of 98. Anna was predeceased by her parents, George and Barbara Wasnock, her beloved husband Fred Bennett, late son-in-law Karl Fulop, her seven brothers: John, George, Peter, Andrew, Michael, Joseph, and Steven, and sisters-in-law Margaret, Gwen, Adeline, and Joan. She is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughter Joanne, granddaughters, Anne Maria, Susan, and Christine, and grandson John (Alice), great granddaughter Cristiana Fulop, and sisters-in-law Peggy and Margaret Wasnock.
Anna’s parents emigrated at a young age from Poland, entered through Ellis Island, and both settled with relatives in Pennsylvania, where they eventually met and married. They moved to Fernie, B.C. early in the century where the coal mining industry was growing and employment was assured. Anna was the only girl in their family of eight, and worked very hard to help run the household. She was much loved and appreciated by all her family. Anna spent her middle years in Penticton, where Fred took the position of Secretary Treasurer of the School Board until his untimely death in 1962. She then had to make a living and went to work at the Penticton Hospital as a Dietary Aid, where she stayed until retirement. She moved to Rutland in 1982 to be near the family, first living in an apartment and then in Sun Pointe Village for the last ten years as one of the original residents. Anna was a 52 year member of the Catholic Women’s League.
The would like to express our sincere thanks to the kind and caring staff of Sun Pointe Village and the equally kind and supportive members of the Interior Health Community Care Team who cared for Anna during her last few months. Prayers will be recited for Anna at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 23 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Teresa’s with Fr. Otto Rollheiser, OMI Celebrant. Anna will be laid to rest in the Spring alongside her husband in the Penticton City Cemetery, Veterans’ Section.
Arrangements entrusted to Valleyview Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Honoured Provider. Condolences may be sent to www.valleyfuneralhome.com