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Doris Ann Hanna RN

March 21, 1934 - November 1, 2014

Burial Date January 1, 1970

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Doris Ann Frobouck Trbojevic Hanna, RN, beloved mother, grandmother, wife, daughter, sister, and friend, died early on the morning of November 1, 2014, at home in Lima, OH, surrounded by her loving family.
Doris was born on March 21, 1934, on a small farm on a hill in Glassport, PA, the daughter of Rade Trbojevic and Anna Ondik Mihalko. She graduated from Glassport High School in 1952 and from the Mercy School of Nursing in 1955, in Pittsburgh, PA. She also attended the University of Pittsburgh, around the time that Jonas Salk, MD, was giving his famous polio vaccine administrations. It was an exciting time: Pittsburgh was also where Doris met and married a young surgery resident from Ohio, William R. Hanna, her husband until his death on January 23, 2011. Their first date was rescheduled when a hospital emergency called Bill away, foretelling busy days to come. Their actual first date soon after was an unforgettable evening listening to Johnny Matthis sing in a Pittsburgh nightclub.
As a young nurse, Doris lived and worked in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and New York City, where she attended opera for the first time at the Met,, igniting a lifelong passion for opera in particular, although she loved many forms of music. In San Francisco she worked at San Francisco General Hospital and shared a tiny flat with several nurses all working round-the-clock shifts. But she left after several weeks only, returning to Pittsburgh to marry Bill. Her friends from her early nursing days were life-long.
After an extended honeymoon road trip across the United States that took them along unpaved portions of the Alaskan Highway and down the West Coast into Baja Mexico, they made their first home back in the Swissvale neighborhood of Pittsburgh. They also lived for brief periods in both Philadelphia, PA, and Mobile, AL, where Doris worked as an RN and Bill continued training in orthopedic surgery. In 1967 they settled in Lima, OH, where Bill had friends and contatcs from Ohio State University Medical School, and Doris adjusted to smaller-town life and formed new and treasured friendships.
By the early 1970s and the arrivals of all four children, Doris focused on raising her family and work in the home. Yet she was an active member of the Lima and Allen County Medical Auxillary, and served as past president 1976-77. She also was proud of returning to nursing work later in life, when she worked for the Rehab Unit of Heartland of Indian Lake. Her family recall one Christmas Day when she excused herself from the day’s festivities at home to answer what she believed to be a calling to tend the sick and needy, and joyfully left for work. She also put to loving and in-depth use her nursing skills in the many years she acted as caretaker for her mother and brother George in McKeesport, and husband Bill at home. When Bill’s Parkinsons’s disease required him to move to a nearby residential facility, Doris spent nearly all day, every day with him. She rose, dressed nicely, and went to “the Ridge” to be sure Bill was well and as happy as possible. Bill always was well groomed, hair combed to the side, a dress shirt on, with a few pens in his pocket as was his preference– courtesy of his devoted wife.
Doris was a woman of deep faith. At age 18, Doris converted to Catholicism from Serbian Orthodoxy. She was a member of St Charles Borromeo for over 40 years. She took special pleasure in the Life Teen masses, and was delighted by a beautiful performance they presented her at home a few days before her death.
Doris loved travel, and she and Bill traveled to Europe and South America together. The young family traveled on vacations to places like Florida and Canada. After Bill’s death, she enjoyed traveling to visit her adult children in San Francisco, Cleveland, Columbus, and Baltimore. Pittsburgh was a favorite destination, and she loved visits to her large extended family and the scenic, hilly landscapes.
Above all, her heart lay with her family, the biggest loves of her life. She and Bill made a beautiful and cherished home in Shawnee where they raised their four children. She took great pleasure in gardening, and had plants and flowers blooming virtually year-round, a considerable feat given Ohio winters. She loved celebrating the holidays, especially Easter and Christmas, making traditional dishes from her eastern European background, and welcoming to her home guests from far and wide. She was well read and always well informed on current culture and events. Her iPad brought her much happiness and amused frustration. She took a special interest in health and nutrition, setting a positive example to her children and grandchildren. Her grandchildren brought her great joy, and they shared a mutual adoration.
That she departed on November 1, a special holy day for Catholics known as All Saint’s Day, seems no coincidence to those who knew her. Doris was generous, optimistic, tender-hearted, and especially patient with the small and needy. She was quick with a kind word, and slow to anger.
Survivors include four children, Leslie Anne Hanna, of Mill Valley, Calif., William R. Mark Hanna, of Cleveland Heights, Jeffrey R. Hanna of Lima, and Heather R. Terry Leverett, of Baltimore; four grandchildren, Camille, William, Georgia, and Matthew; a brother, Donald Trbojevic, of Glassport, PA; a niece, Vaune McGinn, of Boston, PA, Kathy, of Pittsburgh, and nephew Ted Pam Trbojevic, of Glassport, PA.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William R., MD, a brother, George Trbojevic, and a nephew, John Trbojevic.
Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Charles Catholic Church. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral Homes, Shawnee Chapel, where a parish wake service will be held at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund by mail to 14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1710, New York, NY 10122 or online at http://www.ocrf.org/donatenow, or The The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, PO Box 62885, Baltimore, MD 21264-2885; or to St. Charles Catholic Church, 2200 W. Elm St., Lima, OH 45805.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.


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