Anna Homoky Erhardt, 82, died peacefully in her sleep on February 7, 2018 at her care facility in Santa Maria, California. Anna was born in Bucsa, Hungary to Sandor and Anna (Molnar) Homoki on May 15, 1935. She grew up in Budapest. Despite the fact that there was much turmoil and political unrest in Hungary, Anna managed to have a happy childhood. She enjoyed kayaking and gymnastics. At one point, her family had a business selling coal and wood. Later, they opened up a restaurant. As a young adult, Anna helped her parents with the bookkeeping. She graduated from Szilagyi Erzsebet Secondary School.
From the time Anna was a child, she dreamt of coming to America where she knew she could live the free life she so desired. On November 4, 1956, during Hungary's revolt against the Communist Party, Anna escaped to Austria, alone, leaving behind her parents and brother. After a few days in a camp, she was brought over to the United States and settled in Southern California. When she first arrived, she changed the spelling of her last name to make it easier to pronounce. In 1962, while on vacation in Lake Tahoe, Anna met her future husband, Karl Erhardt. Their life stories were so similar. Karl was also from Budapest, had escaped the country the same time she did and they both were living in North Hollywood. They knew they were meant to be together and they married three months later. Together, they had one child, their daughter Kristy.
Anna worked a few different jobs after coming to the United States. It was during this time that she learned the English language. She eventually began a career in the jewelry business. She loved working with fine jewelry and enjoyed meeting new customers. Anna and her family moved to Santa Maria in 1981. Soon after, she switched careers and became a real estate agent. She worked for 25 years as a successful realtor on the Central Coast, retiring from Prudential California Realty in 2013. Anna loved to spend time with her family and many close friends. She and Karl, along with their daughter Kristy, loved to travel, especially back to Hungary to visit family. Anna was an amazing cook, a wonderful hostess and the best Mom and Grandma a family could ask for.
Anna is survived by her daughter Kristy (Marc) Schneider; grandchildren, Brianna (Erik) Hesch, Trevin and Karly Schneider; and great-granddaughter, Ivy, all of Santa Maria, CA.
Anna was preceded in death by her husband Karl (who passed away on December 20, 2017), her parents and younger brother, Sandor.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, with a private urn burial to follow at the Santa Maria Cemetery.
Arrangements Have Been Entrusted to the Care of
Lori Family Mortuary
Santa Maria, CA