Swan Funeral Home

1224 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, CT


Anna J. Henriksen

February 9, 1923August 26, 2020

Anna Julia Henriksen (nee Zierer), age 97, widow of Nils Erling Henriksen, passed away on August 26, 2020 after a short battle with breast cancer.

Anna Julia Zierer was born on February 9, 1923 in the borough of Manhattan in New York City to Anna (O’Brien) and William Zierer. Anna was the oldest of four children and the sister to her siblings William, Jr., Patricia, and Michael.

She attended elementary and middle school at The Holy Name of Jesus Parish school on the Upper West side of Manhattan and graduated high school from Julia Richman High School on the Upper East side of Manhattan in 1941. She continued her education after high school by attending business school, obtaining a degree in business services.

Anna was employed for 12 years at Bristol Myers Squibb Corporation, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Brooklyn NY; she held the position of Executive Administrative Assistant to the company’s chief executive officer.

On June 17,1950, Anna married Nils Erling Henriksen of Brooklyn, New York; they were married for 60 loving years, which ended with the passing of Nils in August 2010. They held a deep and abiding love for each other through their many years of marriage. Anna and Nils had a passion for travel and exploration; they traveled extensively particularly after Nils retired from work in 1989. In addition to travels that took them to all corners of the United States, Canada and Mexico, they traveled and explored countries in Europe, Central America, and South America.

Anna is the mother to four sons – Alan, Kenneth, Neil, Craig – all from the baby boomer generation born in the 1950s. Anna devoted her life to raising her sons and nurturing a loving family devoting her time to homemaking and volunteer activities as her children completed their primary and secondary school education. Anna supported her husband and family as Nils advanced in his business career; in many instances, accepting advanced positions in the firms he was employed by involved a physical relocation of the family to homes in Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Illinois and ultimately Connecticut.

While raising her children, she continued to work in part-time positions in retail and banking.


  • Calling Hours

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Burial

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020


Anna J. Henriksen

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Megan Molnar

September 2, 2020

What a wonderful Grandma I was privileged to have! She was so much fun and full of life. I’m so happy I was able to introduce Nev and Colt to their (truly) GREAT- Grandma. Jeremy & I were able to have her visit us in Colorado & enjoy wonderful family times together. All those beautiful memories will have to sustain us, until we see her again 💞

Court & Hannah Jaramillo

September 2, 2020

We are so thankful for the example of love, kindness and genuine care that our dear Grandmother left for us to follow. She filled our lives with joy and beautiful memories that we will cherish forever. We send our love to our dear Uncles, Aunts and Cousins ❤️

Dave and Rachel Wake

September 2, 2020

Though we already miss grandma deeply, we have a lifetime of precious memories that live on in our hearts. We send our love to all family and friends today.

Maryalice Morin

September 2, 2020

To Henriksen Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Ann has always been so kind and caring to me and my family as we visited during the various family parties.. I enjoyed listening to the travel adventures she and your father would tell as well as stories of raising their boys. I know you will miss her.
Thinking of you in this time,

Liz Dembinski

August 31, 2020

We are sorry for your loss. Our dear Aunt Anna, so near and dear to my heart. I have so many loving memories. She was my second mother and she always had a way of making my heart full. She was gracious, kind and loving.
My heart is heavy but she is now with Uncle Al and Dad. Oh boy I can see the gin and tonics flowing..

God bless to all; All my love, Liz

Denise Nowakowski

August 29, 2020

Neil Pat Erin:
May your memories of dear sweet Anna make you always smile. She is now reunited with the love of her life Nils. We are thinking of you and send our love.
Denise & Mark Nowakowski

Kim Bowker

August 28, 2020

Dear Ken, Neil, Alan and Craig:
I’m very sorry for your loss of your loving mom. Your loving mom and I first met each other years ago when we worked together at Sage Allen’s in Old Saybrook. I loved your mom from the first time we met. Anna has inspired me, always happy, caring , loving, giving and kind. She has always had a smile and an angel. Anna and I got the opportunity to be together again since last Summer. We played Rummy together along with her friends, talked often together and took many walks together. I told Anna that was my loving grandmother’s name too and she is still an angel too just like her. I recently took care of your loving mom during this month. My heart is broken. I will always have a part of your loving mom and angel that she still is in heaven. Love,
Kim Bowker
Old Lyme CT 💕❤️😇🙏

Doraine Riley

August 28, 2020

To Alan, Craig, Ken, and Neil and their families. Your mother was a wonderful friend and neighbor. She and your father were generous in every way, always among the first to offer a helping hand and kindness. I have missed their presence on our road and our phone calls and visits. We were all blessed to have had your parents in our lives. Anna was the sweetest person I think I ever met. She was so proud of her sons, their wives and children. I will always remember her laugh, the sparkle in her eyes and her enthusiasm for life. Please accept my prayers and thoughts. I have fond memories of each of you. Hugs, Doraine


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