January 21, 1922 – March 8, 2018
Anna HARDEMAN was born on January 21, 1922 and passed away on March 8, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
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May 20, 2018
I met Anna in a Stonestown Mall health club in the late 1970s. We became fast friends and she introduced me to Shaklee. My distributorship ensured regular visits to Anna, Russ and family on 41st Avenue over the years. Even after I moved to Hawaii, we got together as Anna regularly spent time in our 50th state! I moved to Maryland in 2003 and finally returned to the Bay Area to see friends in July, 2012, not long after Russ died. Anna's house was my first stop after landing at SFO and renting a car!
We continued to keep in touch and, yes, I was the lucky recipient of birthday and holiday cards from Anna Banana. She was cheerful, friendly, trusting, candid, and full of life. I am richer for having known this one-of-a-kind woman. May she rest in peace!
May 3, 2018
Remembrances of Anna (Banana) Hardeman
When we think of Anna, what comes to mind is a gorgeous, gregarious, and mirthful lady with arms open wide to receive and generate friendliness to all with whom she came in contact. We always marveled at how beautiful Anna was. She was the essence of acceptance and warmth and made friends very easily. When she met you and liked you, you could expect a birthday, Christmas or anniversary call or card from her. It was always a treat and a surprise that she remembered your special day and we always reciprocated on hers and Russ’s special days too.
We moved from New York to San Francisco in 1979. We met Anna around 1982 when looking for a Shaklee distributor. Luckily for us it was Anna to the rescue. A bonus for us was the fact that she lived only a few blocks from us which made visiting and doing business much more convenient (and fun too). From those visits we learned that Anna and Russ knew and were friendly with most of not all the neighbors on the block.
And can we talk about the birthday celebrations and gatherings at the Irish Cultural Center? Those occasions were the perfect opportunity to reconnect and catch up with friends and acquaintances, some we only saw at these events. Anna was the glue around which so much warmth and affection swirled.
Finally, Anna was a wife, mother, model, dancer, beauty queen, humanitarian, ambassador, and classy lady who could converse with anyone. She will be missed, but we’ll always smile when we think of Anna “Banana” Hardeman.
Edgar Harris & Gerald Barrella
Wendy Matula Stobel
May 1, 2018
The camp Mather talent show was the first place I saw Anna. Wearing Hawaiian attire and doing the hula, she moved so gracefully and encouraged everyone to join in. Taking people from the audience and bringing them up on the stage to teach them how to hula dance. My mom, Erna Matula, befriended her instantly. They both enjoyed life and had such wonderful times together. We saw Anna 10 years ago when she attended Mom's 90th birthday celebration. Still so full of life, she actually did a hula at this party as well!!
My Mom passed 2 + years ago, and I know in my heart these two will find each other again and continue their adventures, laughing and dancing amongst the stars.⭐💖
May 1, 2018
Anna taught me how to ride my bike! She ran up and down the street pushing me and then let me go ! She loved halloween we had so much fun dressing up as witches and gypsies! Hugs to her family Love ,Ann Edwards Burchill
April 29, 2018
Somewhere Anna is driving off to the spa in her vintage car, her blond ponytail blowing air kisses as it passes. So many fond memories of you. Anna you will be missed! I learned so much from you! Thank you!
April 27, 2018
We met Anna when we moved to San Jose in 1976. She was one special lady! A true free spirit. When we moved back to the East Coast two years later, we looked forward every year to Anna's birthday and Christmas cards and her notes telling all she was up to. The last we saw her was in 2010 during a visit to California. Though older and slowed down a bit, she was the same person we had grown so fond of. Though gone, we will always have fond memories of Anna. She will be missed by all who loved her. May she rest in eternal peace.
April 25, 2018
I will always remember Anna's bright smile and beautiful laughter. And of course pitching her latest product. She truly loved life, her family, Hawaii and San Francisco.
My best to all the Hardeman's.