Anna Dobrosky, 92, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home, MapleShade Meadows Senior Residence in Nesquehoning, Pa. on September 11, 2014. She was born on November 10, 1921 in Sterkovci, Czechoslovakia to Jan and Zuzanna Sterankovic. They emigrated from Europe in 1923 and settled in a small rural area near Tamaqua, PA, populated by anthracite coal miners and farmers. Anna grew up tending to the family’s farm, growing and harvesting the grain crops that were fed to the cows. She sold surplus grain, milk and home churned butter in a nearby town.
She attended a one-room schoolhouse that educated eight grades and, as Slovak was spoken in her home, she learned the English language by immersion at her school. Because of financial necessity, she left school after eight grades, and she worked on the family farm. She taught her seven younger siblings the English language and supervised their farm chores.