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Ann Hanak

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 12:51 p.m. CDT

URBANA — Ann T. (Hedrich) Hanak, 82, of Urbana, formerly of Princeton, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.

Born Ann Breckenridge Taylor in Richmond, Va., on Sept. 28, 1931, to Marcus and Margaret (Hackney) Taylor, she was raised in North Tarrytown, N.Y. She attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism.

Ann married John C. Hedrich, and they had five children: Susan Wallace of River Forest; Richard of Henderson, Nev.; James of Norcross, Ga.; Katie Pomonis of Champaign; and John F. of Princeton.

Ann lived in Princeton from 1957 to 2001, and during that time she worked as a teacher at St. Louis School, as director of the Bureau County Day Care Center from 1974-1980, and after receiving her M.A from Bradley University, as a mental health counselor at Quad County Counseling Center. She was active in many groups and clubs, including Friends of the Library, Friends in Council, Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Board of Education of St. Louis School.

She married Joseph Hanak in 2001, and they resided in Ames, Iowa, until 2008, when they moved to Champaign. He died in 2013. During her time in Ames, Ann was an active member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, and enjoyed educational programs and travel through Elderhostel. In Urbana, she served as a Eucharistic minister for St. Patrick’s Church, and was a member of the Champaign-Urbana Women’s Club.

In addition to her children, Ann is survived by nine grandchildren: Mary and Anthony Pomonis; Melissa Klimek; Sarah, Daniel, Mark, and Erica Wallace; and John J. and Christopher Hedrich, as well as three great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 14 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Princeton.

In lieu of a visitation, the family will receive condolences at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick’s Church in Urbana, or the Zearing Child Enrichment Center in Princeton.

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