JERSEYVILLE – Anita Dora Assar, 82, passed away peacefully at 9:33 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2020 at Jersey Community Hospital.
She was born in Gustavsburg, Germany on October 24, 1937 and was the daughter of Karl and Greta (Gross) Sanctjohanser.
Anita left Germany after completing her training to become a nurse. She came to the United States in 1959 to visit a friend and decided to stay. She soon after married the love of her life, Dr. Abbas Assar, M.D. on September 10, 1960 in Jamaica, New York. Their marriage was blessed with two children and many fond memories throughout their 58 years together.
The family relocated to the area in February of 1969, making their home and medical practice in White Hall. They later opened an office in Jerseyville, relocating their family there in 1978. She worked at the Jerseyville office for many years.
Anita was a devoted wife and mother. Her kind-hearted and generous nature also showed in her love of animals. She took in numerous stray cats throughout the years, while some of the most well-fed birds and squirrels resided in the family’s backyard.
She enjoyed traveling and made regular trips back to Germany to visit family. High points in her travels included cruises to the Baltic Sea, Norway, and Alaska, as well as a trip to France to finally see her father’s grave for the first time, 67 years after his passing.
Surviving are two children, Sabina and Lyn Assar of Jerseyville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Abbas Assar M.D. on July 31, 2019; her father, Karl Sanctjohanser; her mother, Greta Marschall; and a half-brother, Roland Marschall.
In accordance with current CDC and IDPH guidelines, no more than 50 people may be inside the funeral home at a time, masks must be worn and social distancing measures observed.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Friday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Jerseyville with Pastor Gleason of Hope Lutheran Church officiating.
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