January 3, 1917 ~ February 13, 2005
Mego, Anna Homenick
January 3, 1917 â€“ February 13, 2005
Surrounded by her loving family, Anna (Anne) Homenick Mego passed away on February 13, 2005, from cancer of the esophagus & heart disease, in her home at the age of 88. She had resided in Hawthorne, CA, since 1947.
Anne was born in Pittsburgh, PA, on January 3, 1917, to Annie (Wuzny or Wozna) Humenycz (Annie Homenick) & Petro Humenycz (Peter Homenick), who both emigrated from Austria-Hungary (Ukraine). Her mother died on November 9, 1918, during a flu epidemic when Anne was less than 2 years old.
Anne was known as hard-working, conscientious, persistent, honest, compassionate, loving, caring, & generous. She never compromised her strong work ethic, moral values, & religious faith, & they were reflected in everything that she did. Anne had excellent organizational & planning skills. She had a positive attitude towards life even during difficult times. She constantly set goals & achieved them, regardless of the obstacles. Anne would never hesitate to help anyone in need. She was exceptionally disciplined with budgeting her money for necessary expenses & projects. Anne stressed the value of education & family in her children.
Anne loved to travel, socialize, garden, and cook. The special ingredients that she added to oatmeal made it a favorite among her grandchildren. She enjoyed going to new restaurants, especially those with Chinese food. Anne delighted in the beauty and scent of flowers. Her special joy was taking photographs of her family members & displaying them all over her home. She thrived on keeping abreast of her familyâ€™s activities and accomplishments.
Because of her immigrant fatherâ€™s meager financial situation, Anne was compelled to terminate her education at the 10th grade level to obtain a job and assist with the family income. At the age of 16, Anne left her home in Pennsylvania and traveled alone by train to New York City, NY, to obtain employment. There she worked a variety of jobs, primarily as a live-in governess, which afforded her the opportunity to travel with the families. Her favorite trip was during the winter of 1939 to Miami, Florida, where she acquired a suntan that was the envy of everyone back in New York during their cold winter season.
Later, Anne returned to her fatherâ€™s home in Pennsylvania, met a handsome young man, Basil William Charles (Charlie) Mego Sr., who became the love of her life, & married him on November 9, 1942, in Monessen, PA, when she was 25 years old. Within a week, the couple relocated to Fort Worth, TX, where Charlie had accepted a new job. In July 1946, after the birth of their first 2 children, the couple again relocated to southern California for Charlieâ€™s job with American Airlines. Charlie & Anne ultimately decided to settle in Hawthorne, CA, where they built a new home in 1947 and where Anne became a dedicated stay-at-home mom for their 6 children. Her only regret was that she had never learned to drive a car.
Anne is survived by her 6 children (4 daughters & 2 sons), 17 grandchildren, & 8 great-grandchildren. Her children are Darlene Brenda Castro of Carson, CA; William Charles Mego Jr. & his wife Marilyn of Arlington, TX; Gordon Michael Mego of Hawthorne, CA; Adrienne Janet Michaelsen & her husband Robert Jr. of Torrance, CA; Juanita Landine Addington of Humble, TX; & Nancy Loraine Newns & her husband Neal of Atascocita, TX.
Anneâ€™s grandchildren are Joseph, Virginia, & Jennette; Catherine, Charles III, Denise, & Michael; Robert III, Eric, & Jennifer; Rhonda; and Brian, Michael, Kyle, Elizabeth, Victoria, & Richard. Her great-grandchildren are Gilbert & Rochelle; Brittany & Brian; Brandon & Amanda; Matthew; & Robert IV (8 months old).
Anne was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Basil William Charles (Charlie) Mego Sr. on January 26, 2005; & by her 2 sisters & 1 brother: Mary Homenick (84 years old) on 12/22/1997, Joseph Homenick (5 years old) on 11/01/1920, & Rose Homenick (2 days old) on 11/09/1918.
Visitation will be on Friday, February 18, 2005, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at McCormick Mortuary, 13806 S. Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 19, 2005, at 11:00 am, at St. Josephâ€™s Catholic Church, 11901 Acacia Avenue, Hawthorne, CA 90250. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, 5835 W. Slauson Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230.
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