We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Becker Ritter Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Anna McCormick is reunited in heaven with her husband Jim (d. 2013), her mother, Barbara (d. 2003), and her father, Franz Wilding (d. 1993). She passed away on July 19, 2022 at St. Camillus Assisted Living.
She was born in 1932 in the Croatian village of Cacinci. After surviving and escaping the Rudolfsgnad starvation camp in Serbia in 1948, Anna, along with her mother, Aunt Susie, and cousin Linda, made her way to Vienna. She and her parents came to the US as displaced persons in 1951 where they settled in Milwaukee. Anna met Jim soon after arriving in the US and they married in February of 1954. They had 3 children, Jim (Palm Springs,CA), Mary Ann (Issaquah, WA), and Bob (Kenwood, CA). Mary Ann’s son, Nathan, was born in 1988 and had a special place in Anna’s heart as her only grandchild.
Anna was first and foremost a homemaker. Her family always came first. She was a wonderful cook and impeccable hostess. She was always proud of her 3 kids and their accomplishments. Shortly after Jim and Mary Ann went off to college, she started to work part-time and later as a manager at Dreyer Meyer Lingerie (1975-1997), an employment that brought her many new friends and a confidence in connecting to the world outside of her home. When Dreyer Meyer closed in about 1997 Jack and Linda Weissgerber invited Anna to host at their Seven Seas Restaurant on Lake Nagawicka. Again, it was another perfect venue for Anna’s natural caretaking and hospitality skills. It was a job she dearly loved! The customers became an extended family of friends to her! She worked there from 1998 until 2019 when her advancing Parkinson disease made it too difficult for her to continue.
Anna loved to travel! She enjoyed visiting Cancun and Florida with the family, went to Europe several times, and celebrated both her 70th and 80th birthdays in Las Vegas! In later life at home, her calling as caregiver cannot be overstated.
She cared for her father when he had cancer. She took her mother into her home and cared for her for almost 10 years. She cared for her husband while he had Alzheimer’s for 15 years until she just physically could not. Anna would not have it any other way.
Anna was a beautiful lady! She was dearly loved by her family and friends.
We are going to miss her!
Anna is survived by her children, James F. McCormick (Vincent Silos), Mary Ann McCormick, and Robert J. McCormick (Martin Pena); grandson, Nathan Kosnoff (Sarah Van Houten); great-granddaughter, Emma Kosnoff; other surviving family members, aunt, Susanna Vugrin; cousin, Linda Weissgerber and Linda's children, Christine (Thomas), Ramona (Dayn), and Mark. Also survived by Ramona's children, Sonya and Alyssa.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12130 W. Center Street, Wauwatosa from 10:00 am - 11:30 am. Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 11:30 am, followed by interment at Wisconsin Memorial Park. The family requests that those attending to please wear a face mask.