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Obituary: Engelbrecht, Anny (Brock)

Age 96

October 29, 1919 ~ February 19, 2016

Anny was born on October 29, 1919 to Anna Schweiger and Johann Brock on Kastlhof, the family farm near Riedenburg, Bavaria - Germany.

Her parents and brothers, Hans Brock and Siegfried Brock, preceded her in death.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews in Germany and by her daughter Renate Engelbrecht Hamacher; son-in-law Bob Hamacher; granddaughter Danielle Hamacher Mudd and her husband Jim Mudd; her great-grandchildren” Sylvia (6), Thomas (4) and Alex (1); and grandson Justin Hamacher.
In 1941 she married Ludwig Ziegler, the father of her only child Renate Engelbrecht Hamacher.

After her divorce, she met John Engelbrecht in her butcher shop in the small village of Essing, a village now over 1000 years old.

John, a fellow German, fell in love with Anny and three year old Renate.

After a long distance relationship, they married in Inglestadt and soon afterward in 1950 immigrated to the United States.

The two of them went through Ellis Island and travelled by train across the United States to start their new life in San Francisco with John.
Anny had many friends, but a lifelong friend was Gia Balogh who she met early in her years in San Francisco.

She was more than a friend, she was family.

Gia was the nanny for the German Consulate’s children and Anny was the caterer.

Anny then sponsored her to come to America.

That friendship had deep roots that lasted all her life.
Anny was a caterer in San Francisco and then started her own business.

Her cooking was outstanding.

Her “Kaffee Klutches” in the afternoon were well known by her lady friends where she baked her famous $25,000 cake as she liked to call it.

She loved to entertain her many friends and greatly enjoyed doing dinner parties.

Besides being a fabulous cook, she was the most frugal, yet generous person you could meet.

Her sense of humor and love of laughter came so naturally.

Her discerning taste for Hefeweissen beer was known to all.

She loved to sew and also was a world traveler.

Besides going back to her beloved Heimatland every year, she visited many countries.

Russia, China, Japan, Italy, Spain, Africa, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, France, and Hungary were among a few.
Anny and Renate were very close.

In 2000, she moved to Spokane to be nearer to Renate and her family.

She was overjoyed with the visits by her granddaughter Danielle Hamacher Mudd, and especially her great-grandchildren from Portland, Oregon.

Her grandson Justin Hamacher from Seattle made her so proud and she loved him dearly.

Her son-in-law Bob Hamacher never ceased to amaze her with his accomplishments and humor.

Her 16 years at Touchmark Retirement Community were good years to remember.

We are especially thankful to the staff in the Devonshire for their love, respect, gentleness, and care for Anny.

They were part of her family as she was theirs.

A devotion to St. Jude Thaddeus, the Dominican Fathers in San Francisco, and St. Judes Research Hospital were the most important Charities to her.

Funeral Mass will be held at St. Aloysius Catholic Church at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 12.

The church is located at 330 E. Boone Avenue with a reception to follow at Luna Restaurant located at 5620 South Perry Street.

Please visit Anny’s online memorial at

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