Anna Benesch, 96 of Mexico, died on March 10, 2018, at St. Joseph's Hospital, after a brief illness. She was born on July 13, 1921 at the home of her parents, Martin and Margaretha Mayer in Drmoul, Czechoslovakia. She was a Chef at the Hotel Imperial, in the resort town of Marianske Lanze and also worked at her at her parents Bakery there. After WWII, Anna, her husband and infant son left her home country as a result of Soviet Union takeover, to what became Communist Czechoslovakia to Bavaria, in the sector of American Military governance in Allied occupied and liberated Germany. She was sent to a refugee camp there and worked as a cook and sewed clothing. She received her immigration sponsorship in 1951 and her journey continued to the seaport of Bremerhaven, Germany. After a transatlantic trip on the USS General C.C. Ballou, she arrived at Ellis Island in New York harbor on her way to becoming a US citizen. She arrived in Lowville, NY where her immigration sponsor, a Czechoslovakian born Doctor and his family had a practice. She was employed at a local bakery there. She then moved and worked in Syracuse. Saving her money, she purchased a building on Main Street in Mexico in 1962 and went into business as the “New Family Bakery” for over 30 years. She was then employed by the Village of Mexico at the Public Library as the Cleaning Lady. Anna made return trips back to Germany and Czechoslovakia years after the war to visit
her sister and friends. She enjoyed her camp on Lake Ontario, tending to her many flower gardens and was an avid swimmer. Her European culinary skills were the center piece of many family occasions. She will always be remembered for her joyful spirit. Anna was pre-deceased by, her husband, Josef in 1999 and her son, George, in 2007.
Anna will be greatly missed by her sons, David Benesch, Joseph Benesch and their families.
Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family. Burial will be held privately. Memorial contributions can be made to the Mexico Volunteer Fire Department. Condolences may be forwarded to the Harter Funeral Home, 9 Washington Avenue, Mexico NY, 13114, who has care of funeral arrangements.