Obituary: Anna Christman Horvath

Early this year the Lord called Anna Horvath to her eternal rest after an earthly journey of forty-eight years. She was born June 26, 1968, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the eldest of four children. Anna was baptized Anne Catherine Christman at Atonement Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, on July 14, 1968, by Pastor Kurt Koeplin, and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church, Green Bay, April 4, 1982, by Pastor Robert W. Christman, her father. She graduated from St. James Lutheran School, Green Bay East High School, and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, where she obtained degrees in studio art and art history.

Anna was married to Michael Thomas Karl Horvath on December 21, 1991, in Evanston. In 1993 she returned to school to become an AMI certified Montessori school teacher. During her schooling, Anna and Michael’s first child, a son, was born, and over the next three years the family grew to include three daughters as well.

During the early years of their marriage, the Horvaths lived in Illinois, California and Wisconsin, and in 2000 settled permanently in Hanover, New Hampshire, where Anna soon began home schooling the children.

In 2004 a diagnosis of breast cancer stemming from a genetic mutation took over much of Anna’s life, as she underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments. With the support of family and friends Anna recovered and remained in remission for 10 years, years in which her faith strengthened and her artistry flourished.

As the children grew and became more independent, Anna was able to resume her artistic endeavors, first by studying book binding at the North Bennett Street School in Boston and later taking classes in art and printmaking at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She became especially adept at making fine art prints and knowledgable in layout, typesetting, and combining imagery and text.

In 2014 Anna became art and layout editor of Faith-Life, putting a beautiful face on our publication with the works of art she chose to accompany the articles and the thoughtful explanations she included for the understanding of our readers. Her efforts were a reflection of her faith and an inspiration to readers of our periodical.

Four years ago Anna’s cancer returned, and after various treatments that for a time kept it at bay, she departed this life on Sunday, February 19, 2017. Her survivors include Michael, her husband of twenty-five years, her son Emmett, and three daughters, Magdalena, Natalia and Muriel. She is also survived by her parents, Robert William and Kay Bauman Christman; her brother Robert John Christman and her sisters, Laura Christman Rosenberg and Eleanor Christman Cox, together with their families. Anna was was laid to rest several months before her maternal Grandmother, Zelma Bauman, and is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws across the globe.

Funeral services were held March 2 at the Rollins Chapel on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, with Pastor Floyd Brand officiating. Anna’s earthly remains have been laid to rest in the Pine Knoll Cemetery, Hanover, in anticipation of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.