Anna Elizabeth Shapira
On Monday, November 23, 2020, Anna Elizabeth Shapira (Norkowska), loving wife, mother and grandma, passed away suddenly at her home in Highland Park at age 69. Anna was born on July 26, 1951 in Pruszków, Poland to the late Jadwiga (Kraśzkiewicz) and Edward Norkowski. She immigrated to Chicago with her mother when she was 18 years old.
Beloved wife to Ira and mother to Henri Schmid (Deirdre) of Wadsworth, Illinois. Her grandchildren Freya and Gunnar Schmid and Abby and Ellie Shapira were her pride and joy. Anna worked as a beautician and manicurist for almost 50 years. She loved her job and her clients, many of whom became lifelong friends. Anna loved spending time in Michigan with her cousins.
Anna had a unique sense of humor and is known for her practical jokes. She also loved to tell jokes and stories. She had an incredible capacity for remembering them in vivid detail. She was a generous, giving person and would offer help to anyone she would meet. Anna would light up a room with her laughter and was often the life of the party. She could be found cooking in her home listening to André Rieu when she wasn’t taking care of her loved ones in one way or another. Anna was an avid animal lover and no matter where she was, they would gravitate towards her sensing her kind spirit.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, funeral services will be private.
If you want to honor Anna, we ask that you partake in a random act of kindness and think about your favorite memory of her. Also, think of her when you find that amazing deal when you’re out shopping. Anna loved a good deal.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to:
The American Friends of Israeli War Disabled Foundation (AFIWDF)* http://www.afiwdf.org/afiwdf_025.htm
Catholic Charities, Lake County: https://www.catholiccharities.net/Home.aspx
* American Friends of Israel War Disabled Foundation (AFIWDF) hosts a delegation of ten Israel disabled veterans every summer. For 45 years our organization has provided two weeks of rest, relaxation, rehabilitation, education and involvement with our Chicago area community. A unique part of the program is that our guests are provided with home hospitality for their entire visit. This provides a close bond between families and also the delegation that hopefully continues when they return to Israel. Anna and Ira began hosting Israeli disabled veterans in their home for two weeks every June since 2013. In 2014 Anna and Ira both joined the board of directors of AFIWDF. They also both sat on the programming committee, planning the calendar of events for the entire two weeks.
* Catholic Charities, Lake County sees the face of God in those in need. By providing food, clothing, shelter and counseling, they bring hope to the hopeless in the city of Chicago and its suburbs. With programs and locations throughout Cook and Lake counties, they serve virtually every neighborhood and parish in the Chicagoland area. Through their broad spectrum of services, they annually assist more than 1 million persons in Cook and Lake counties without regard to religious, ethnic or economic background.
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