Anna Hadyniak, 90, died June 6, 2010, at her home.

Anna was born Dec. 6, 1919, in Carteret, N.J. She thought she’d be a lifelong resident of Carteret, but after 86 years she moved to Maine to live with her beloved sister-in-law, Sallyann Hadyniak. Her Maine family included her nephew Chuck, niece Lynn, and great-nephews (the loves of her life) Tyler and Kyle. Anna prayed to live long enough to see them graduate from high school, but was cut short by one year. God had different plans for her.

Known as “Cha Che Ann,” which means “Aunt Anne” in Ukranian, Anna was predeceased by her parents, Maria and Wasyl Hadyniak; a sister, Sophie; four brothers, John, Joseph “Slim”, Theodore “Teddy” and Charles “Wassey”; two nephews, Peter and Michael; and a great-nephew, Keith.

She is survived by a beloved nephew, John, and his wife, Joan, of Carteret, N.J.; a niece, Cathy, and her husband, Jack Burns, of Toms River, N.J.; another nephew, Joseph, and his wife, Lisa, of Matawan, N.J.; five great-nieces; two great-nephews; and four great-great-nephews.

Anna’s extended family is Gisela Qualtrough of Waterville and Norman Qualtrough of Fairfax, Via.

Anna retired from Merck Pharmaceutical in Rahway, N.J., in 1990 after 42 years of service as a lab technician.

In 2005 she decided to move to Maine and spend the rest of her retired years in the peace and quiet of the country. She shared her final years with her Maine family and attended all of Tyler and Kyle’s school functions, all of their sports activities, such as baseball, hockey (which was her favorite) and football, and she became “Cha Che Ann” to all of their friends as well.

She made new friends in Freedom, attending many of the social events and town meetings, and did some volunteer work for the Freedom Town Office. She filled her days with doing what she loved most — crocheting, reading, watching TV, shopping, eating out in different restaurants, and working on puzzle books.

She also enjoyed sitting on the back porch in a rocking chair watching the different birds come to the feeders and she always chased away the squirrels that tried to get to the bird seed. Looking beyond the feeders and trees she saw the valley and the western mountains in Maine. She considered herself really retired!

Anna lived a full and long life, was truly blessed, and had no regrets. She did a lot of traveling to Europe, Canada, many of the states in the U.S. and different islands. When she became of age, she joined the Senior Citizen Club in Carteret, N.J., and was very active going on day trips to Connecticut, New York, and Pennsylvania. She went line dancing three times a week, and worked at St. Mary’s Greek Catholic Church, where she was a parishioner, on their biggest fundraiser, making pirogies.

She loved living in the peace and quiet of the country. It was a whole new world for her in Maine and she was very happy.

She will be sadly missed by those whom she loved and who loved her back dearly. Private funeral arrangements are being made by the family.

Donations may be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice, 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841 in Anna’s memory.