Obituary: Ann Dz-an Hung Wu, 84, of Trumbull

Ann Dz-an Hung Wu, 84, of Trumbull, wife of Wen-shao Wu, peacefully passed away on December 10, 2014 after two and a half years of battling pancreatic cancer.

Ann’s childhood was filled with love, education and protection from her caring parents amid a backdrop of wartime China. She was born on June 28, 1930 in Suzhou China to Chao and Yao-fong Hung.

During the Japanese invasion of China, her family moved to Jiangxi Province, a rural back country, where her father was the general manager of a major mining operation producing tungsten, a critical element used for Allied munitions during World War 2. Because of her father’s position, local warlords threatened her life to gain leverage over her father. As a result, young innocent Ann received military escorts each day as she walked to elementary school.

When the Japanese army encroached, they moved to Fujian province where she attended a missionary high school and later entered Jinlin University in Nanjing. In 1948, Ann’s schooling as a freshman was interrupted again by the approaching communist army. Ann escaped to Taiwan where she attended and graduated from Taiwan University with a BS in Literature. In post war China, many aspired to earn a golden ticket to the United States.

In 1952, Ann won a scholarship to attend Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts and graduated from New York University with a Masters in English Literature. Ann was a pioneer since it was uncommon for Chinese women to pursue higher education let alone venture to a new country.

Ann met her future husband of 58 years, Wen-shao Wu, while attending Taiwan University. They were married in Boston in 1956 after they both came to the US to further their college educations. Ann and Wen had three children. In addition, they brought both sets of parents from Taiwan to become proud Americans living with them in the U.S.

Ann was a very caring and kind person. She devoted much of her time selflessly caring for her family and teaching by example the values of honesty, hard work and kindness to others. Outside the home, Ann always made an effort to help others in the community making a lasting impression on people even decades later. In addition to raising her children, she worked as a teacher for special needs children and later at Sikorsky Aircraft. She was also a member of the Christ Church Tashua in Trumbull.

Ann was an example of integrity, fairness, open-mindedness and was welcoming to all those she came in contact with. She will be greatly missed.

In addition to her beloved husband, Wen-shao, Ann is survived by her daughter, two sons and their families: Nancy Wu Brandon and husband, Gene Brandon, with their children Michael, Stephen and Caitlyn of Ridgefield, CT; Vincent Wu and wife, Andrea Gardner, with their children Carrie, Lisa and David of South Glastonbury, CT; and David Wu and wife, Debbie Wu with their children Brandon and Andrew of Concord, MA.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 11:00 am at Christ Church Tashua in Trumbull, CT. Interment of her ashes will be among the immediate family. Arrangements were made by the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, 4 Gorham Place, Trumbull, CT.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to Christ Church Tashua - Building Fund, 5170 Madison Avenue, Trumbull, CT 06611.

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