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Anna Kania
  • Passed away on May 14, 2023

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Anna Kania, 70, of The Villages, Florida, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

Born in 1953, Anna was adopted by John and Regene Kelley. She graduated from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Ill. in 1971. In 1973, she met her soulmate, Richard (Rick) Kania, they began dating in 1978 and were married in 1981. Anna and Rick had two daughters, Kelley and Katherine (Katie). Anna and Rick resided in Lombard for 23 years before moving to Omaha, Neb. in 2004. They returned to Illinois in 2015 after Anna retired from Alcatel-Lucent after a long career as a project manager. In 2022, they moved to Florida.

Anna’s outgoing and vivacious personality attracted friends at every step along her journey. Caring for and supporting her family and friends were the most important things to her. She was always there to take a call from family and friends in need, or to talk through a challenge and share her sage advice on navigating life’s crossroads. She enjoyed taking cruises with her husband and family, spending time with her toes in the sand and ocean, and sewing keepsakes for loved ones. “Nana Anna” also loved spending time with her granddaughters. Anna’s caring and compassion for others extended beyond her death, as her decision to be an organ donor will extend the lives of others who never had the opportunity to meet her.

The loss of Anna is mourned by her husband Rick, daughters Kelley (Matt) Baylor and Katie (Jimmy) Viscomi; sisters Pam (Bud) Williams and Karen Kelley, brother Tim Kelley, close cousin Jani (Jim) Moselund; granddaughters Jordan and Elizabeth (Ellie) Viscomi; her “baby dog” Boo, extended family, and many friends she attracted on her life journey. She is preceded in death by her parents.

No formal celebration of life is planned at this time. The family asks that friends and family raise a glass to toast a treasured memory you shared with Anna.  In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorials may be made the American Stroke Association.

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  1. Jane Kelley says:
    31 May 2023
    Rick, I am so sorry for your loss. Anna has been part of my life since she was in 8th Grade. There is no one like her. I remember hearing the story of her parents going to the center of the roller skating rink where they went on weekends. Over the loud speaker it was announced: "Mr. and Mrs. Kelley are the proud parents of a baby girl." And what a special girl she was. To know her was to love her...and to laugh yourself silly. I know that your heart is breaking, Rick. I also know that Anna is watching over you. The last time we saw you was about 5 years ago after Ken and I were married. I'm so glad we could spend that precious time with you. Story - you're moving back to Chicago and you have the rent-a-truck. Anna swears the truck is 6 inches shorter than they said. Of course she was right. The leasing company measured diagonally, not front to back. Gotta love her. Yes, we all did. Miss you, Rick and love you!!

  2. Shyrlene Foster says:
    23 May 2023
    Anna - you have such an effervescent spirit. Fearless, focused, loving and an advocate for many. The twinkle in your eye is reflected in your family and the echo of your laughter remains in our memories… ❤️

  3. Shyrlene Foste says:
    23 May 2023
    Anna - what an effervescent spirit you shared with us all. Fearless, focused, loving and a champion for many. We will see the twinkle in your eye reflected in your family and the echo of you laughter in our memories.

  4. Linda Iovino lit a candle:
    21 May 2023
    Lit since May 21, 2023 at 5:11:49 AM

  5. Linda Iovino says:
    21 May 2023
    It is with great sadness that when we heard the news of Anna's passing we were in shock. Such a wonderful person with the few times we were together. Wishing all of you peace and comfort at this time. She will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers as well as all of you.
    God Bless,
    Linda Iovino

  6. Brad Stein says:
    21 May 2023
    Rick, Kelley and Katie and families, we are heartbroken to hear of Anna’s passing.
    Our family remembers Anna as always being positive, upbeat and fun to be around.
    She always made you laugh and encouraged humor which we always need.
    I remember all the good times and support Anna provided to our kids growing up in Lombard. They always spoke highly of her and your Family.
    We will miss her quick wit and great sense of humor.
    Our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to your Family.

  7. Meagan Herrera says:
    19 May 2023
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time! Many memories of Anna as a child as I grew up with Kate and was very fortunate that she married my cousin. She will be missed and loved always! ALL MY LOVE Rick Kelley and Kate.

  8. Patricia Hogan says:
    19 May 2023
    Oh how my heart is breaking. Anna and I have been friends for 53 years and I will miss her dearly. We talked on the phone at least once a week and luckily, I had the pleasure of seeing her and Rick at their beautiful home in Florida. I have so many wonderful memories. I will miss her terribly. Hugs to all of you and please know that I am heartbroken. This one hit me extra hard. Such a horrible shock. God bless she chose to donate.

  9. Peggy Herbert says:
    19 May 2023
    Rick Kelley Katie
    You are in My Thoughts and Prayers
    I have such Wonderful
    Memories & Will Treasure Always
    Your Family God Bless

  10. Ruth Schuster says:
    19 May 2023
    Rick, we are very sorry to hear about Anna. Gone too soon, we have missed you both since you moved, but this is really a shock, she was still young and had lots of things left to do. Again, so very sorry for your loss.

  11. Marge Uhlarik-Boller says:
    19 May 2023
    Anna was delightful. She was a true friend to my mom, Eleanor, and thus a friend to me. She was always quick with a laugh and a positive word. Our deepest condolences to Rick, Katie and Kelley and the rest of their family as they navigate this sad journey. Peace. ♥️

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