Anna Timoteo's Story
OTEGO - Anna Timoteo Hein of Otego passed away on the morning of Oct. 4, 2017, surrounded by family at Fox Hospital in Oneonta.
Bookhout Funeral Home will host calling hours from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6, followed by a memorial service. A graveside service will be held at 11a.m., Monday, Oct. 9, at George Washington Cemetery in Paramus, New Jersey, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Henry who predeceased her in 1992.
Anna was born May 27, 1928, to Paolo and Giuseppina (Graziano) Timoteo in Little Ferry, New Jersey. She attended New York City public schools and earned a biology degree with teaching credentials from Hunter College in 1949.
Working in the NYC school system, she met fellow teacher Henry V. Hein, a son of German immigrants from the Bronx. They married July 27, 1963, and raised three children at their home in New Milford. New Jersey. Anna continued her career, moving into administration where she supervised a special education district in upper Manhattan, retiring in 1983. Summers were spent in Otego, until retirement when they became full-time residents.
Anna and Henry were members of St. Anthony's Orthodox Christian Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey and brought their religious faith to their upstate home as founding members of St. Innocent Orthodox Mission Church in Oneonta. In addition to her work on behalf of the church, she held leadership roles in Oneonta's Italian-American Club, Unatego Alumni Association, Otego Focus Group and Unatego Area Land Owners Association.
She enjoyed music, singing with the Coro d'Italia and strongly encouraged each of her children to practice their respective instruments. Anna advocated balanced nutrition, thrift and respect for (her) authority. An active gardener and tenacious landscaper, in her "retirement" years, Anna also applied her administrative and leadership skills to managing several rental properties, business consulting, and life coaching.
Anna enjoyed traveling with Henry. Later, her dear friend Ruth Andl became her travel buddy on vacations to Germany, Italy, Ireland, Russia and elsewhere.
Anna is survived by her children, Barbara, Giorgina "Gina" Pywar, and Henry Jr. "Chip;" grandchildren, Nicholas, Matthew and Serena; special nephew, Arthur SanJulian, his wife, Debra and their children, Marissa, Matthew, Daniel and Andrew; nephew, Robert San Julian and niece, Kathy "Kit" Wilkinson; "adopted daughter," Kathy Davis, and close friend, Rich Downey.
She was predeceased by her sister, Katherine San Julian.
The family thanks her caregivers, especially Dori Botsch and Brenda Gross, the Plains assisted living staff and the staff at Fox Hospital who were so supportive during Anna's final days.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to GOFAR, the Eric D. Dettenrieder Memorial Fund, or Catskill Area Hospice.
Published on October 5, 2017