For years, Anna Zuchowski was the woman Hebron residents went to if they needed something hemmed or altered, said her son, Bruce Zuchowski.
“She was always handy with the sewing machine. She could do anything,” he said. “She loved to sew, and she could cross-stitch and make quilts and afghans.”
Anna Mae Zuchowski, 78, of Hebron, died Sept. 17. She was a graduate of Dyer High School and a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Edward Zuchowski, in 1982.
She loved to garden, and loved her rosebushes, tulips and peonies. In past years, she also had a vegetable garden, where she grew carrots, corn, beets and pumpkins.
“You name it, she grew it,” he said. “She had a green thumb.”
She loved sports, and became a Purdue fan when her grandchildren went to college there. She also loved the Cubs and the Bulls.
“She would follow the Bulls games all the time, and she could give you the stats on every player,” her son said.
She loved going on trips with her sister, Mary Matthews, and the pair had taken numerous bus trips together. She especially enjoyed going to Las Vegas.
Zuchowski loved people, and loved having people over to her house, Bruce Zuchowski said.
“She was friends with everyone. She had a pleasant, open personality,” he said.
Family was always important to her, and she was especially proud of her grandchildren, her son said.
“She loved her grandkids to death, and she enjoyed watching them be successful both in sports and as they graduated from college,” he said.