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Anna Mae Upperman, 87, of Oakland, MD, passed away Monday, January 22, 2018, at Dennett Road Manor Nursing Home, Oakland.
Born May 21, 1930, in Bellaire, OH, she was the daughter of the late John and Elizabeth (Pasture) Timko. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Upperman; three brothers, Andy, John and Albert Timko; two sisters, Mary Timko and Margaret Timko-Martin; a grandson, Bryan Franklin Upperman; a niece, Sandra (Kaye) Rodeheaver.
Anna was the daughter of Hungarian immigrants. Her father passed away as a coal miner and her mother and siblings, except her older sister, Margaret, contracted tuberculosis and were sent to Hopemont State Hospital Tuberculosis Sanatorium located in Hopemont, WV. She and her sister were placed in the Good Shepherd Catholic Home and were later raised by an aunt. Facing abuse throughout much of her childhood, Anna decided to run away from home at the age of 15 and made her way to Hopemont. It was there that she met and married her husband, Jim. She was a stay-at-home wife and mother until her husband’s passing. Despite her trials, she developed a deep love for the Lord and for others. Following her husband’s death, she prayed for guidance and felt God leading her to care for those who could no longer care for themselves. She began caring for two elderly neighbors and word of mouth spread, giving her more requests than she could handle. Anna was employed as a caregiver until she retired at age 70 when she moved to Underwood South in Oakland (senior citizen apartments). There she continued to make her rounds to all of the residents, walk downtown to shop for them, cook, and minister in any way she could. Anna never knew a stranger and was always ready to talk about her Lord and Savior and to laugh and joke. One couldn’t walk past without her starting a conversation. She was a member of the Oakland Church of the Nazarene.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas F. Upperman and wife, Marjorie, Fairmont, WV; James R. Upperman and wife, Brenda, Aurora, WV; two daughters, Mary K. Dick, Pocomoke, MD; Barbara J. Rodeheaver and husband, Jim, Oakland; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two nieces who were very special to her, Jackie Moats and Bobby Smith; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Friends will be received at Newman Funeral Homes, P.A., 1100 Memorial Drive, Oakland, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be conducted at The Oakland Church of the Nazarene, 203 S 8th St, Oakland, on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Arthur Evans and Pastor Dave Dayhoff officiating. At Anna’s request, she will be cremated following the service.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed to the cancer center of choice.
Condolences may be sent to her family at www.newmanfuneralhomes.com