Anna Vajda was a tough woman and a very hard worker.
"She was old fashioned, old country and very hard working," said her granddaughter, Susan Sobczak.
Anna Vajda, 95, of Lakes of the Four Seasons, died April 14.
She was born in Braddock, PA., but her family soon moved back to Europe and she was raised in Slovakia.
When they moved back to America in 1950, Vajda started worked at the Wonder Bakery in Tolleston.
Then her husband, John (deceased), opened a clothing store on Broadway Avenue in Glen Park.
"My mother did the alterations," said her daughter, Anna Kucik. "She was good at sewing."
The couple later switched to an egg producing business near 73rd Avenue in Merrillville, where they packaged and sold eggs to local stores, Kucik said.
With a chuckle, she said her parents "employed" over 2,000 chickens at one time.
Vajda loved gardening, Kucik said.
There were flowers all over the yard and a vegetable garden.
Twice, her landscaping won "yard of the year" honors, Kucik noted.
Sobczak said she loved her grandmother's talent in the kitchen.
"She was the best baker and cook ever."
This included stuffed cabbage, nutrolls, and kolacky.
"Her specialty at Christmas was making bobalki."
Vajda was very proud in February when she became the great-great-grandmother of a twin boy and girl.
Sobczak noted that the family was able to take a five generation photograph.
She was loved and admired by the Hospice staff during the time she was there, Kucik said. They said that her toughness is what enabled her to enjoy such a long life.
"I miss her the worst (way), I wish she was still here," her daughter said.