Anna Sophie Krahel

April 14, 1922February 7, 2013
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On Thursday February 7, 2013 Anna Sophie Krahel, beloved wife of the late John F. Krahel passed away. Loving mother of Tom Krahel and wife Jill, Jim Krahel and wife Ann-Marie, Liz Krahel, Cathy Martello and husband Jeff, Mike Krahel and wife Lisa. She is also survived by her loving grandchildren; Bryan, Audrey, Leah, Eric, J.P., Michael, Justin, Chris, Anna, Laura, Sara, her beloved great-grandson to be, and a host of loving family and friends.

A Memorial Mass to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 9:15 a.m., St. Louis Catholic Church (Chapel), 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, Maryland. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery with her husband.

Mom’s favorite TV shows included The Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Maury, The Young & The Restless, Chopped, Project Runway, Celebrity Apprentice, Four Weddings, Dancing With The Stars, and Say Yes To The Dress. She loved watching movies and these were her particular favorites: The Birdcage, Beverly Hills Cop, As Good As It Gets, Moonstruck, Grumpy Old Men, and Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Mom could stitch up a hem or sew on a button in a flash. If you needed clothing fixed, you went to Mom. Reading the New York Daily News everyday was a must for Mom as was doing the Jumble. She enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles and she lovingly crocheted baby blankets for a maternity home for girls.

She loved to watch the birds at the feeders. She had pets, too-a pair of Betta fish. Elephants were her favorite animals and she had quite an assortment of elephant collectibles around her house. But she had a special love of Katie who was her good buddy and most faithful companion. Katie seemed to know instinctively that Mom needed extra looking after in recent months and she was constantly at her side.

Mom loved coffee, Cosmos, and champagne, not necessarily in that order! Casinos were an especially favorite place for Mom. She was in her element! She could work a slot machine like a pro and loved it when she got the bonus round! Mom’s skill at playing poker was beyond compare and she would win on a regular basis. Mom’s cookies and brownies were delicious as were her pierogies.

Mom attended the four o’clock Mass each week at St. Louis Church. It meant a lot to her to be there. It also meant that she would be going to dinner afterwards with Cathy and Jeff at one of her favorite restaurants such as The Greystone Grill, Anthony’s, El Azteca, or, her special place, the Double T Diner! She really enjoyed that!

Did you ever notice how good a listener Mom was? She rejoiced at our happiness, understood our trials, encouraged us when life was difficult, mourned our losses, and just listened when we had nothing more to say than hi! She always loved hearing from her children and grandchildren whether we had a lot or a little to say. Just hearing our voices meant the world to her. Mom’s faith was a source of great comfort and strength for her. She began each day by saying the Rosary and ended each night with a prayer.

Above all, Mom loved Dad and her family. She was a great friend to many and a wonderful, caring, and loving Mother and Grandmother to us. She was a blessing to us all throughout our lives. We will miss her very much. We thank you, Mom, for all that you did for us. We will pray for you always and you will remain in our hearts forever. We know you will watch over us from Heaven and we look forward to seeing you there when our time comes to join you.

A million hugs and kisses- Your children and grandchildren

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to: Catholic Charities, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Catholic Relief Services and or Little Sisters of the Poor.


  • Memorial Mass Saturday, February 16, 2013

Anna Sophie Krahel

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Little Sisters of the Poor

February 14, 2013

With prayerful sympathy from the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Martin's.

Debbie Mitchell

February 12, 2013

My sympathy to the Krahel family. I've had the pleasure to be in Anna Krahel's company on several occasions. She was my brother-in-law's mother and I'd like to say that she was one of the nicest, classiest women I've ever met. I know what a loving and caring mother, mother-in-law and grandmother she was and will be terribly missed by her family.

Patty Lauricella

February 10, 2013

Aunt Anna was one of my favorite aunts and I will miss her. She had more spunk and energy than anyone I knew. I have so many great memories even from when you lived in Brooklyn and in Scranton. My mom always said I got my sewing talent from Aunt Anna. I know my mom, Aunt Terry, and the rest of the family has welcomed her with open arms and the pocker game has started. God bless all of you and may she rest in peace. We love you all! Patty Lauricella (Nadolny)

bob burachowski

February 9, 2013

to the krahel family my wife lousie and I send you our love and prayers. aunt anna is with your dad and my mom and the rest of the trusz clan. there must one heck of a card game going on now, with a polka playing in the back ground. god bless aunt anna and may he comfort all of you. love bob and lou burachowski