Anne has lived at Gateway Vista for a year. She is well liked and known for her impeccable manners and appearance. She’s 99 years young and is active in the building with many activities and exercise groups.
Anne is a first-generation immigrant to America. She was born Anicka (Anne) Stechova on July 19, 1920 in Czechoslovakia. She came to America as a child. Her family settled in Sioux City, IA, and was sponsored by her father’s brother and sister. At that time, she was 3 years old. Soon after, Anne’s father moved them the to Cicero, a suburb of Chicago, where there was a huge Czech population. She was happy to live among the Czech people again. Upon her graduation from college, she moved to New York where she worked for American Airlines as an international agent. She then applied to Pan American Airlines to work as a flight attendant (then called at stewardess.) Pan Am required flight attendants to speak a foreign language and Anne had never forgotten her native language. She flew all over the world with Pan Am and modeled in ads for their private sleeping quarters for long flights. Anne met her husband from Nebraska when he was a Captain in the Air Force and married him in 1949. They lived in Rochester, NY for 49 years until his passing. Anne then relocated to Lincoln to be near her son who is one of three of Anne’s children. She’s always been an active volunteer in her retirement. She attributes her long healthy life to eating well and drinking lots of water, no alcohol or cigarettes, plenty of exercise, and staying active.
Thank you, Anne. You are part of what makes living and working at Gateway Vista great!