Anna (Nura) Haviza

Died: Sun., Dec. 2, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Dec. 05, 2018
Location: Walker Funeral Home

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Thu., Dec. 06, 2018
Location: St. Joseph's Catholic Church

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Anna (Nura) Haviza, age 94, passed to her heavenly home on December 2, 2018. She was born in the Ukraine, the daughter of Feodor and Anastasia Fortushin. She and her husband Vince met in Germany after the Second World War. Vince was a Captain in the U.S. Army and Nura worked on the army base where he was stationed. They were married August 24, 1946.  Vince passed away in 1994.

They are survived by their five children: Peter (Louann) Haviza, Charlie (Sally) Haviza, Jeff (Kathy) Haviza, Kathy (Rusty) Harris, Tina (Rick) Root; eleven grandchildren: Ryan (Becca) Haviza, Sarah (Ryan) Smalligan, Jason Haviza, Christopher (Min) Haviza, Matthew (Ana) Haviza, Parker Haviza, Mark (Jessica) Root, Joe Root, AJ (Shae) Root, Matthew Fisbeck, Travis Fisbeck; and fourteen great-grandchildren.

Nura was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was actively involved in many activities with the church over the years. During that time she made many beloved friendships. She also worked at Jo’s Shoppe for twenty years where she met lots of wonderful people.  Nura enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family meant everything to her. She enjoyed painting, gardening, baking, and made delicious Ukrainian nut bread and cinnamon rolls.

Vince and Nura traveled many places throughout the United States with the Elderhostle program, and enjoyed spending time in Florida in the winter.

Nura had a great sense of humor and inspired everyone who knew her to laugh and make the most of each and every day. She was gentle, loving, kind, and generous, and looked for the good in everyone and every situation. She was a person of great strength, courage and character, and was an inspiration to all who met her. She will be greatly missed by family and friends, who will hold her forever in their hearts.

Visitation will be held at Walker’s Funeral Home in Winchester, Indiana from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5th. A rosary service will follow visitation hours.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winchester on Thursday, December 6th at 10:00 a.m.

The family would like to thank St. Vincent Medical Group and State of the Heart Hospice for the loving care and support they provided.

Walker Funeral Home in Winchester is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

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Cindy Segraves Skiver
   Posted Mon December 03, 2018
So very sorry to hear of Nura's passing. I will always remember her kindness and her wonderful sense of humor. What a lovely lady....

Steve and Jan Addington
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
Jan and I want you to know our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Praying for the entire family

Jana Piersall
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
The loss of a parent is difficult. No matter what your age, you feel like a child and you long for the comfort your parent used to give to you. God bless you and give you courage and strength during this difficult time. Know that Nura is forever young and with her loving husband again. She is smiling down upon you. I will keep you all in my prayers.

John Junco
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
Haviza Family,

On behalf of the Junco Family we send our condolence of the loss of your loved one. May the friendship of your friends and the love of your family help your hearts and souls be at peace. God Bless.

Suzanne E Fogleman
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
Pete & Family,
So sorry about your Mother's passing. She was a great lady! I always enjoyed playing Bridge with her when she substituted with "The Club". We always had a good time. If I can do anything for you, please don't hesitate to ask. Blessings to your family.

Christine Watkins
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
I am so blessed to know this wonderful lady for many years. My sympathy and love to all of you who call her family. In my memory, I hear her very special laugh. She will forever be part of my heart. Peace be yours.

Jane (Fleming) Durst
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018

I'm so very sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. What a great lady!

Jane Durst

Randall Harris
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
Kathy, Rusty and the entire Haviza Family. Though there are no words that will erase the pain of Nura's passing, please know that you all are in our fondest thoughts and prayers. I so enjoyed her stories that Rusty relayed to me and my prayers are that she and Vince are once again together.

Dwight Trahin
   Posted Tue December 04, 2018
We were sorry to hear about the passing of your mother. Please accept our condolences. Our prayers are with you all and your family.
Dwight and Catherine Trahin

Jack Elliott
   Posted Wed December 05, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Prayers sent your way as your family copes with the loss. - Jack

Randi Rose
   Posted Thu December 06, 2018
I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom Tina

Thelma Retz
   Posted Fri December 07, 2018
She was so kind to my family when I lost my mother, Helen Retz. She and my Mom enjoyed a special friendship, and my Mom kept me informed on what they did together.

It is always hard to lose a parent--it helps to focus on all the great times you shared with her and what a wonderful life she enjoyed.

Diana Phillips Kerrigan
   Posted Sun December 09, 2018
Peter and Tina and family, sorry for your loss. Prayers for your entire family.