Annie (Anne) Hlina was born at home in Notch Hill, BC to Joseph and Cecelia Hlina. She passed away peacefully at Hillside Village at the age of 89 years. She attended school in Notch Hill and throughout her life felt very connected to the community. Anne attended Agricultural College in Alberta and began her working career at Lodges in BC and Alberta. For many years she worked as a travel agent for BCAA – this experience fed her travel bug! Anne loved to travel – her favorite destination was a health spa in Mexico. She made numerous trips to Slovakia to visit family.
After retirement Anne moved back to Notch Hill to assist her mother and father in their last years. She loved to cook on the old wood stove in the kitchen. Another favorite of Anne’s was to pick huckleberries in Scotch Creek which came up in many conversations.
Anne’s “kids” were her many nieces and nephews. She loved them dearly and was always interested and involved in their lives. Anne also treasured her many friends, some as far away as Australia, and always kept in touch. Her life at McIntosh Grove was active and loved. Her waffles and soup brunches were legend. When she moved to Piccadilly Terrace she enjoyed more friendships and stayed involved with programs in the community. Anne liked games, especially card games and won many crib tournaments.
Anne was predeceased by her parents, her oldest brother Joe Hlina, second oldest brother Martin Hlina and youngest brother Frank Hlina. She is survived by her sister Sophie Aalto of Kamloops, brothers Bill and Wally Hlina of Vernon, cousins in Slovakia and many nieces and nephews, their families and her treasured friends.
The family thanks the wonderful staff of Hillside Village for their thoughtful loving care of Anne.
Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd. (250) 833-1129. At Anne’s request there will be no service. A family gathering will be held at the Notch Hill Cemetery in the spring.