Anna Popadycz

Anna Popadycz

Monday July 29, 1929 - Saturday February 8, 2020
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Anna Popadycz, 90 and a half, of Nutley passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at her home. She had been under hospice care for the last several months.

Born in a bucolic village in northern Baveria, Germany, she emigrated to the US in 1955, where she met and married her late husband Stephan. Together they bought the house on Friedland Road in Nutley where Anna has lived the last 51 years.

Anna will be recognized by many Nutleyites as an avid walker who could be seen with her shopping cart--well into her eighties-- marching to and from ShopRite, a mile away.

Along with Stephan, she was a skilled gardener, and the tomatoes from their vegetable garden were renowned throughout the neighborhood. One year Anna even won an award for her tomatoes at a local event.

Anna loved being outdoors and-- when not puddling around her yard-- could be found walking (or biking in her younger days) through Nutley parks. She also loved travel. Nothing brought her greater joy than visiting her daughter in Washington state and exploring the mountains nearby. One of her fondest memories was a camping trip to Mt. Rainier National Park where she picnicked and built a roaring campfire one evening. At age eighty she could still crawl into a tent and love the experience of camping!

Wife of the late Stephan Popadycz, she is survived by her beloved daughter Sonia and sister Martha. She is predeceased by her brothers Conrad and Hans, her elder sister Lina and favorite little sister Ella.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to American Red Cross at 209 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004.
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Margaret Pohle and Robert Wilson

Posted at 09:51am
Anna was a wonderful person. Robert and I have gotten to know her over the past decade. She loved to walk all over Nutley. We always seemed to run into her at Shop-Rite, the Post

Office, Stop & Shop, Kingsland Park (on her bike!), Boys Park and Dunkin' Donuts. She always greeted us with her warm smile. We loved to stop and talk with her. We learned so much from

her about the town, gardening and human nature.

We will always remember her backyard in the summer. She would invite us over to see the yard with the flowers in bloom and all of the tomato plants bursting with tomatoes. She and

Stefan were so proud of their garden! When harvest time came, she couldn't wait to share her tomatoes with us. Her kindness and generosity were heartfelt.

Our sincerest condolences go to Sonia. Anna loved talking about Sonia and her hiking trips around the world. Her face lit up when she spoke of Sonia. Sonia was Anna's pride and joy!

Robert and I feel truly blessed that we knew Anna. We are very grateful for the time we had with her. Anna will be greatly missed.

Margaret Pohle and Robert Wilson

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson


Posted at 05:25pm
Anna was a very nice lady and no matter what time of day that she was walking down the street, would always wave and say Hello. I hope I am as spry and able to take long walks in my 80's as she did. She could always be seen working around her front yard, caring for her flowers. My condolences to her daughter Sonia, who I recently met while working out front. God Bless you and RIP Anna, I am sure you are happy to be reunited with your loving husband.

Chris, Nick and Becky Caporaso

Posted at 11:35am
Anna Popadycz will remain in our hearts forever. We will always remember her in her beloved garden as we look out our kitchen window every day.
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Sonia Popadycz

Posted at 07:24pm
In honor of my beloved Mom. We missed this year's deadline for Nutley Parks' tree planting. Next year we'll be there!
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Maureen and John Saar

Posted at 11:59am
Anna was our neighbor since 1982 when we moved to our home on Friedland Rd directly across the street. She always had a smile to share and was ready to stop whatever project she was busy with to enjoy a conversation. My husband and I always marveled at her energy and vitality! Well into her 80’s Anna could be seen walking through town. She especially enjoyed the parks! On a snow day, she was out there shoveling until every snowflake was removed from her property. Same with the leaves in the fall! She was very proud of her garden and often shared her homegrown tomatoes with us. We will miss Anna and think of her often when we look across the street to the home that she loved. We send our heartfelt sympathy to her devoted daughter, Sonia, who left her home in Seattle to be with her mom for the duration of her long illness. As Anna has left her home on Friedland Rd, may she be welcomed to her eternal home with God and all the saints! We will miss her!

AnnMarie & John Posted at 09:17pm

Anna has been a beautiful neighbor to us since moving to Friedland Rd back in 1979. We will remember her forever. She was one cool lady to have conversation with you, and man those great conversations last for a long time, but she would just make ya smile with all she had to share with you. We could see her right from our back yard and boy was she a great gardener. Wherever we saw her she would hold up whatever she was proud of that grew in her yard. And let me say one thing that was so refreshing to look at in her yard, to see her freshly washed clothes hanging on the line, still to this day. That was something I wish I could still do in my own yard, but I couldn't, so to see hers was something to remind me of great memories for myself. We got to see her daughter a little more now with her time home to help take care of her Mom, something she gave it her all to do. I said to her and her Mom, please know we are here if you ever need anything, Sonia still, if you need anything we are right here. Our thoughts and prayers are there for you. Your mom will now be that beautiful angel watching over you and all her neighbors that will always remember her. RIP Anna Love the LaCortes

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