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Elke Hanna
  • June 29, 1957
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  • May 23, 2014

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Elke Hanna, 57, of Grand Island, Florida passed away May 23, 2014 at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Elke is survived by her husband Anthony M. Hanna, two daughters Sandra dee Schmidt, Melissa Brown (John), two sons Steve Schmidt, Richie Henry, Step sons Marco Bochmann (Dawn), Christian Bochmann (Lacey), ten grandchildren. She was loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she worked in merchandising for the commisaries on the military bases that Anthony served at. She was a member of the Centtral NY Bird Breeders, the Golden Conures International, and was highly involved with the conservation of the Golden Conures. She was a writer as well and her writings have been accepted to be published in the U.K. book "The Secret Life of the Golden Conures" with profits going to the Golden Conure survival fund.

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  1. Amy and Matt says:
    24 Aug 2014
    dear god Tony, I am so very sorry i hear about Elke's passing, what a terrible thing, was it from her diabetes? shes such a beautiful lady, i will miss her dearly. RIP Elke, she taught me so much. take care Tony, sorry for the lateness, i just found out.

  2. Inge says:
    16 Jul 2014
    TONY , I am so sorry . I just found out after looking in Elke's Page.My Heart goes out for you and the Birds. I am sorry also not to stay in touch. I was in the Hospital when you moved. I should have done that so long ago. :( (HUG))))) Tony.

  3. silvia tomasetti says:
    08 Jun 2014

  4. Henri says:
    01 Jun 2014
    I can't express the sorrow I feel over the loss of my friend. You will forever be in my heart

  5. norma says:
    31 May 2014
    words can not explain this special lady. she was always there for everyone good bad or indifferent. every time i turn on my computer i look to see a new video. we all lost a special friend but god got a beautiful angel. rip elke.

  6. Linda Fulop says:
    29 May 2014
    I never personally met Elke, but we had do much in common...our love of birds, our homeland Germany & animals especially our Yorkies. During the last hurricane, Elke & Tony were still living in NY...I had no heat in my house and Elke invited me and my 10 birds to come stay
    with her...she had a heart of gold!!! I miss her so much..I can't believe such a kind hearted lady was taken so quickly and too early...R.I.P. Elke and I am glad you are with Jasmine & Nina...

  7. Cheryl Babcock says:
    29 May 2014
    My friend Elke.....there are so many things I could say. I am so very grateful that I had the privilege of calling you friend. You've touched so many lives...probably more than you ever even knew. I still can't believe that someone so full of energy and vibrance can be gone so quickly. My heart goes out to Tony....you were definitely a great couple and both of you were so lucky to have each other. Something to be proud of...soul mates. You will truly be missed each and every day.

  8. POMPOM'S PAGE says:
    29 May 2014
    I loved Elke. She always was so 'happygolucky' and loving toward her Golden Conure pets and her other birds as well. I was both deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of her passing, and will never forgot her, and her precious contribution to the the species of Golden Conures, both in her love given, her writings, videos and her conservation. May you rest in peace Elke, and may peace be over your family as well. - POMPOM -

  9. Lauren Petro says:
    28 May 2014
    Such a beautiful soul gone to soon. I never personally met Elke but have spoken to her numerous times online. She was always so nice. My deepest condolences to the family and all of those she loved and loved her. She is heaven using her angel wings to fly with her babies and watch over all.

  10. LeAnn Shank says:
    28 May 2014
    I had not met Elke in person, but felt a close connection with her over our love for our golden conures. Elke helped me when I ask her questions. Always there to help and make me smile. I was shocked as everyone when I heard of her passing.i have an emptiness in my heart where she was. I will always remember her kind words, her smiling face and her advice to all. Elke, you will be so missed, I can't explain. RIP my golden friend. I know you are flying high!

  11. Concetta Ferragamo says:
    28 May 2014
    God bless you all. Elke was a very dear friend, and left us all too soon. Her zest for life was inspiring. She was a pleasure to be around and Tony too. Together you two were an amazing couple that showed others what love and loving life was all about. You both lived in the "now" and didn't just wait for things to happen. That is something that too many people forget to do. I love you both and pray for you, Tony, Sandie, Richie and everyone else. Your mom was a true treasure and it was my pleasure and honor to have known her.
    Elke was an avid member of the American Federation of AViculture (AFA), she will be missed by many (around the world).
    Love and prayers...
    Concetta and Enzo

  12. Joann Dickinson and Bruce ,Emaleigh Baxter says:
    28 May 2014
    We will missed you so much. I am still in shock that you are gone and every night I am saying why why why. We love you and will always remember you. R.I.P.

  13. lonarae harner says:
    28 May 2014
    My dearest Elke, we,ve knew each other through FB and became instant friends, i've always considered you a personal friend. you helped me when i lost my son recently, your kindness i will always cherish, and the conversations we had, and of course our love for the birds we keep.. YOU will be missed by many, FLY FREE my friend.

  14. Michelle Giomundo says:
    28 May 2014
    elke you were one of akind lady we met thru a friend and you helped me thru the lost of my lilly you were always just a phone call away when ever anyone needed you, you inprinted your soul on every one i am so glad i got to meet you and tony may you fly free with your goldes you will be trly missed R.I.P

  15. Chris & Lacey says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke, You were taken way too soon from here. We know that you are in a good place. Know that you are missed by so many. When we found out about you being published the other day we were beyond ecstatic. Your love for birds is now going to be in books everywhere. Love you much! Until we see you again....

  16. Mike and Deb says:
    28 May 2014
    We met Elke while serving the In the Army. Elke was always positive about a black and white world no grey here. She was an expert bird whisperer and loved here family deeply. We will miss you Elke we will see you again when the time is right.

  17. Victor Sullivan says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke I was in shock to hear of your passing still hard to believe the say only God takes the good it must be true coz u were such a kind hearted prison to all may u rip xxxxxxx

  18. Luis and Katie Figueroa says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke was the most kindhearted, loving and warm person who had a passion for life and all around her. She touched all and will forever be in our hearts and whenever we see a bird flying overhead we will think of Elke who so loved our winged friends. Tony you are in our thoughts and prayers and we will always be her for you.

  19. Carl St.Clair says:
    28 May 2014
    I have only known you as a friend on FaceBook, but I know that you are a great person with a great soul, loved the way you looked at life and the way you loved Tony. Just from the picture's of you two together you can see the love that you both shared. You will be missed.

  20. Gail Schmidt says:
    28 May 2014
    I met Elke 40 years ago when she came from Germany to marry my brother. I liked her from the first day I met her. Over the years we became good friends. She was the best sister-in-law that anyone could ask for. I will miss her very much.

  21. Ginny Runyan says:
    28 May 2014
    Forever in our hearts dear beautiful soul! Sugar, spice and everything nice. That's what comes to my mind when I think of you. Such a caring, loving person, devoted to her Tony and all her family and birds. You will be missed to eternity in so many ways. R.I.P. dear one!

  22. patricia jones says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke i will miss you and all your post.

  23. patricia jones says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke i will miss you and all your post.

  24. Phyllis Marsh says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke I am still in shock over your death, I am having a hard time believing it. You were so full of life and everything new u encountered were showed so much excitement. I remember our trip to Syracuse and the fun we had... You had just called me to take in a bird that needed help. I am so honored you would contact me. You called recently as u were so concerned about me as u hadnt heard from me in awhile... You worried about everyone and u were such a great friend were always there if I need a question answered. Everyone became a better person for knowing you and having you in our lives. You never forgot about Hailey, my one 8 year old grandaughter and you always would ask how she was. You made a big impression on her as she always kept asking me to go to "Elkes house" Will miss you my friend but I know you will always be here in spirit and will guide me... thank you for everything my dear friend till we meet again and enjoy your Angel wings as you will enjoy soaring the sky with your feather babies.. this is not a goodbye but see you later.... love you always

  25. Marian Bailey says:
    28 May 2014
    Many memories of many times, both those good and those not quite as good, but all shared and survived. They all have been flooding in the last few days. I remember the various homes in which you and Ant lived in and how you made each one unique and definitely gave them your own marked style. You had a special knack for that. I remember the special meals you made whenever we met for dinner. I remember the introduction to kimchee at a restaurant,but I don't remember where it was. I remember shopping with you at the commissary in Watertown; breakfast at Alexandria Bay; watching you and Ant develop your home in Harrisville, basically from scratch. Building gardens and a fishing spot. Making a small paradise in a far-off north country land; hearing about you crashing into a tree on an ATV (?); your cute little sports car; watching Richie grow up; meeting Sandy and Stephen; Holidays at Mom's; sharing recipes; traveling with Dad to visit with you and Ant when Ant was sick; meeting with you and Ant through Mom and Dad's illnesses; watching you develop your love of birds and bird care and breeding; talking about your garage sales and other fund raising ideas, I could go on and on, but space will not allow. You were the best sister-in-law EVER! Love you! Marian

  26. pam cole says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke was an awesome lady. I never got to personally meet her but with the videos, messages, and comments thru facebook it was like I met her. Very kind, loving and silly all rolled into one great lady. She loved life, even thou she had her up and down moments she took it with great pride. you will be very much missed Ms Elke. You always brought me smiles even on a bad day with the silly videos. RIP lovely lady. Pam......

  27. Dagmar Camsuzou says:
    28 May 2014
    We knew each other for a very long time.
    You always have been such a sweet person.
    I was so happy for you,with your Loved Husband.
    You loved your Birds and your Life.
    So many People will miss you so much...R.I.P.

  28. JoAnn Holland says:
    28 May 2014
    I did not personally know Elke, but got acquainted with her thru her Golden Conure videos and posts on facebook. A beautiful person who truly loved her feathered babies. I will miss seeing her videos of Selena and the others - her videos are what made me fall in love with the Goldens! May she rest in peace and watch over her flock, both human and winged!

  29. Christina muckey says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke you will forever be missed. You were allways there with loving knowledge and advice. You helped so many people in so many ways. May you rest in peace.

  30. carol keller says:
    28 May 2014
    My dearest friend Elke, I admired very much, listen contently to her stories and her advise on birds. She was loved by ANYONE that met her. She saved me so many times when my son died and I was in despair. I will NEVER forget you my friend, god love you

  31. Candy Thomas says:
    28 May 2014
    Elke, you were a great friend. I am going to miss you so much. You taught me so much about birds. You let me hand feed my baby Quakers I got from you. Your love for animals was awesome to see. I don't think there isn't anything you wouldn't do for a animal in need. Your birds I'm sure miss you just as much as your family and friends. You were one of a kind. I was so lucky to have had the chance to have you in my life. RIP Elke

  32. Debbie Kirby says:
    28 May 2014
    You are an amazing person. We love and miss you dearly. Every person who has ever met you will never forget you. RIP

  33. kris Gustafson says:
    28 May 2014
    Love you always Elke Hanna ~ you are missed dearly !

  34. Melissa Simione says:
    28 May 2014
    I met Elke through the Gouverneur for sale pages and had the conures in common. She was a great lady. You are missed Elke.

  35. karin ploucher says:
    28 May 2014
    My best friend has gone, but will never be forgotten. I have loved you from the beginning I meet you on fb and you also been the crazy german that I'm so we hit it of right away. I love you until we see each other RIP love Karin

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