Anna Mrdak was a captivating young lady who was always willing to help others, her father said.
“If Anna had one of something, she would give that away, no questions asked,” Michael Mrdak said. “Anna was articulate and animated in her speech. You would need to do a reality check to make sure you were talking to a 10-year-old girl, versus a young lady.”
Anna Marie Mrdak, 11, of St. John, died Jan. 30. She is survived by her parents, Michael and Deborah Mrdak, and her siblings, Julia, Michael and Noah. She is also survived by numerous other family and friends.
She saw her older sister, Julie, as her confidant, and was very maternal toward her brothers, he said.
“Both of her brothers loved Anna and were protective of her and cared for her deeply,” he said. “Words can’t express how much they all loved Anna and how much Anna loved them.”
She loved to read and was a huge movie buff, her father said, and she loved art and fashion design.
“I would ask Anna to draw for me, so I could post her pictures at my work,” he said.
Despite her illness, she was brave and optimistic, her father said.
“Anna’s attitude was awe-inspiring,” he said. “With all of Anna’s surgeries, you could see Anna talking and engaging the doctors and nurses in conversation as she was being moved into the OR.”
Michael Mrdak said his daughter was beautiful in her heart and soul.
“We’re so very grateful and proud that Anna graced the Earth with us for the time that she had,” he said.
He said that people who only met Anna once knew there was something special about her.
“Anna is amazing and is so incredibly missed. There is a void in our family that can’t ever be filled,” he said. “There was a calming about her very presence. Anna had incredibly beautiful eyes that were the mirrors to her beautiful soul.”