By Wally Pearce, Winters Elder Day Council
Special to the Express
Anna Karnopp was born on Thursday, July 3, 1930, in Bedford, Ohio. Anna was the youngest of four siblings — one brother and two sisters. Growing up, Anna and her family lived in the country on a four-and-a-half-acre farm that they purchased in 1928.
Anna spent a lot of time with her mom working on the farm, baling hay, managing the beehives where she had to dress in beekeeper clothing, and more. Anna had a pet dog named Fritz. The dog would often dig up rabbit holes and bring the baby rabbits to Anna where she nursed and took care of them.
Anna’s first job was in high school. She would take the bus to Cleveland and work at a local hospital as a nurse’s aide. Anna was around 15 years old when her brother taught her how to drive around the farm. Her first car, and her first big purchase, was a Chevy Coupe that she used while she was in nursing school.
Anna went to a hospital-based nursing school and lived in the dorm. She obtained her master’s degree in education and became a nursing teacher at both Modesto Jr. College, and an associate degree in nursing program at (ADN) Napa Valley College.
Anna came to Winters around 1993, where she and her husband Charlie built a beautiful home on their 60-acre property. Anna and her husband have three children, four granddaughters and one grandson.
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