OBITUARY

Anan Cheng

April 27, 1944June 27, 2018
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Anan Cheng was born on April 27, 1944 in Zhengzhou, Henan and passed away on June 27, 2018 in Los Gatos, California

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 4, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, July 4, 2018
REMEMBERING

Anan Cheng

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Biography

To everything there is a season; a time for every matter under heaven; a time to be born,
and a time to die; a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
-Ecclesiastes

We are gathered here today in the memory of my mother, AnAn Cheng, so that together we may acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings. In sharing the joy and the pain together today, may we lessen the pain and remember more clearly the joy.
My mother was 74 years old when she passed away in our Los Gatos home at midnight of June 27 from metastatic neuroendocrine pancreatic cancer. She had decided come to the US for treatment after being diagnosed in Taiwan. Although this devastating diagnosis was painful for all of us, it brought all us closer together as a family. My sister Jean, her husband Alex, and her kids, Iris and Louis, sacrificed much of their free time to care for and comfort her. During the past year, my mother was able to get to know my extremely supportive husband, Jason, and our compassionate kids, Zach and Chase. While she couldn’t speak English and the boys had little Chinese knowledge, they were able to communicate with the universal language of food, hugs, and Ma Jong. Her love for the boys was obvious and unconditional.
My mother was born in China in 1944 during the era of war and rampant poverty. Despite growing up in a society where females were under-valued, she overcame these cultural obstacles to thrive personally and financially. She worked tirelessly to ensure that my sister and I were taken care of. She made sure that I went through university and medical school without any financial burden. She provided support for my sister and played an important role for my sister’s various business successes. She raised us to the values of hard-work, self-reliance, honesty, and kindness. My sister and I wouldn’t be who we are today if not for my mother’s sacrifices.
I want to use this opportunity to say, “ Mom, I am sorry that I had trouble expressing my feelings of appreciation in Chinese. But, I love you! I deeply appreciate everything that you have done for me and everyone in the family. You will be very much missed.”
I will end with another little poem that echoes my feelings for my mother.
A Poem for Mother
By an Unknown Author

Mother, you were just a girl,
So many years ago.
You had your loves and had your dreams,
You watched us come and go.

You watched us make the same mistakes,
That you had made before,
But that just made you hold us tight,
And love us all the more.

We haven’t always thought about
The things that you have seen.
To us you’ve just been ‘Mother’,
No thought of who you’ve been.

But we remember now in love,
Your life from start to end,
And we’re just glad we knew you,
As Mother, and as Friend.