Hana Dubovy Kovanic
July 26, 2019

Funeral Information

July 31 2019 - 10:00 am
Mount Freedom Hebrew Cemetery, Randolph, NJ

HANA DUBOVY KOVANIC: On Friday, July 26, 2019, Hana Dubovy Kovanic passed away at the age of 83. Born on May 17, 1936 in a small town in Czechoslovakia, Hana’s childhood revolved around the war. Prosecuted by the Nazi regime, Hana and her family were imprisoned in labor and concentration camps across eastern Europe. Liberated from Terezin in May 1945 and surviving the horrors of the war, the family emigrated in 1948 to the United States to escape communism and find a better future for their children. With minimal past schooling and knowledge of the English language, Hana defied all odds, graduating with honors from James Monroe High School. Accepted into the business School of City University of New York, Hana received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting, Business, and Finance. After working many years in New York City as a CPA, Hana began her college teaching career following her marriage to beloved Peter and birth of their only daughter, Paula. Involved in various educational, accounting, and religious organizations, Hana prided herself on speaking about her Holocaust experiences hopeful that future generations will never forget the horrors of intolerance, bigotry and prejudice. Her husband, Peter Kovanic predeceased her in 2012 and brother Otto Dubovy in 2010. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Richard, grandchildren Benjamin, Lucas, and Reese, brother Carl, and nieces and nephews. Family and friends honored Hana at a memorial in Pittsburgh and she will be buried at Mt Freedom Cemetery in New Jersey. Remembrances may be made to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh (https://jfedpgh.org/donatehc). Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. www.schugar.com


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Paula, We send our condolences to you at this difficult time. What a remarkable history and life your mother had. May you be comforted by good memories of her. Eleanor and Marshall Hershberg

By Eleanor Hershberg - July 31, 2019

Dear Paula and family, We are devastated to hear about your mother’s passing. There is a lifetime of memories that come to mind and they are all good. Hana was an exceptional mother and daughter, and we learned a lot about life seeing and listening to your Mother’s stories and actions. We are proud to be part of your family and will remember Hana for the beautiful person she was. Love to you and Rich and your boys. Peter and Ruthi

By Peter and Ruth Kovac - July 30, 2019