Ann Oravasky

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Ann Oravasky

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With family at hand, Ann Oravsky passed away Saturday night at Horizon Hospice House in Billings, Montana after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born Ann Mae Gochal on July 31, 1927 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, Ann was the youngest of 7 brothers and sisters born to recent Slovak/Hungarian immigrants.

In 1943, she graduated Middlesex County Girls Vocational School with a certification in dressmaking. Her teachers recommended that she continue her education at a dress design academy in New York City, but her mother needed her to go to work to help support the family.

In 1949, she married Vendel Oravsky, and they had two children, Ken and Debbie.

During her lifetime Ann worked at a variety of jobs from jewelers to school photography. In 1978 she was recruited by Perth Amboy’s Board of Education to work as a cafeteria manager, where she worked until retirement in 1994. In this job Ann earned the respect of supervisors and co-workers alike for her innovation and hard work.

In 1996 she and Vendel moved to Billings, Montana to be near Ken, Claire, and grandsons Eric and Neil. Life in Montana was wonderful, but took a sudden turn in 1998 when Vendel died suddenly, leaving Ann in a new place knowing almost no one. It didn’t take her long to go from grief support group participant to support group leader, and soon she made many warm friends from different cultures, professions and places. She also opened her house to all of her grandsons’ friends whenever they needed lunch, a place to visit, or someone to talk to, giving Ann many friends of all ages.

Ann is survived by son Ken or Billings, daughter Debbie of Nettleton Mississippi, daughter-in-law Claire, and grandsons Eric and Neil.

A celebration of life will be held 2pm, Sunday, May 27, 2012 at DanWalt Gardens.

Ann would like donations and memorials made to any of the following organizations: DanWalt Gardens (Billings, MT), Horizon Hospice House (Billings, MT), the American Cancer Society, or your local Audubon Society.

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