Anna C. Gdanian, 32: Nurse, missionary, a ‘true blessing’ to all who knew her

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MANCHESTER, NH — Anna Christa Gdanian, 32, died on July 12, 2018 in Manchester, NH.

She was born in Albany, NY, on January 30, 1986, a daughter of Kyn and Maureen (Zampella) Gdanian of Milford.

Anna was raised and educated in Milford and graduated from Milford Christian Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of New Hampshire, and her Associate’s degree in Nursing from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing. Anna worked as a Private Duty Nurse and was currently employed at Hillsborough County Nursing Home, Goffstown, NH.

In addition to her parents, Anna is survived by Isabelle Gdanian (Anna’s Grandmother) of Milford, NH; Gregory and Lucy Stoyles, (Anna’s eldest sister and brother-in-law) with Isobel and Caedmon Stoyles (Anna’s niece and nephew) of Candaguia, NY; Naomi Gdanian of Troy, NY (Anna’s elder sister), Josiah and Chelsea Gdanian (Anna’s younger brother and sister-in-law) with Eden, Ivy and River (Anna’s neices) of Milford, NH; and Gregory Gdanian (Anna’s youngest brother) of Milford, NH.

Anna’s parents and siblings have added a few words to leave to remember Anna here:

“Over a ten-year period, Anna served as a Missionary in Venezuela, Mongolia, China, Uganda, Rwanda, and Namibia saying, ‘I really love anywhere in the world that I may have the privilege of calling my home and serving the people in the communities.’ Anna loved teaching children and cultivated a desire to adopt orphans.”

“Anna was the best gift anyone could ask for; so kind, thoughtful, and generous. Anna had a strong light inside that radiated towards anyone she came in contact with.”

“Anna was a true blessing to have. She always met you with a smile and made you feel completely loved, appreciated, and valued. She radiated the love of Jesus Christ every moment of every day and always had a Scripture to share to encourage those who needed it. She taught us and our daughters so much about the love of Christ and how to trust in Him. We hope to make her proud.”

“Over the recent years, my relationship with Anna grew more than ever before. We became close friends who could confide in each other. Anna always made me feel worthy of love.”

SERVICES: There are no visiting hours. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Amherst Christian Church, 134 Hollis Road, Amherst, NH. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford, NH. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to