A kind and beautiful soul has left the earth. Anna Solotruck Horstman died peacefully at home on Sunday, December 7th. Anna was born on February 18, 1929, upstairs in the family farmhouse on Eastline Road, Malta, to Michael and Anna (Timko) Solotruck. She joined two brothers, Peter and George. Her arrival delighted the entire family and as a little girl, Anna’s exuberance kept the citizens of Eastline Road on their toes with her adventurous spirit. As a young woman Anna had a special part in helping to raise her three nephews, Ronald Solotruck, who survives her, George Tully Solotruck and Peter Solotruck, who predeceased her. She also shared a close connection with her brother George’s son George Solotruck.
Anna attended the one room schoolhouse in Eastline, graduated from Ballston Spa High School and continued her education at Mildred Elley Business School. She was a skilled secretary at IGE in Schenectady until after the birth of her second son. She then devoted the rest of her life to raising her children and caring for her family.
Anna was proud to have been a Saratoga County Election Inspector, a position she held for thirty years. She was a member of the Jonesville United Methodist Church, Home Bureau and a 4H leader. Anna was an accomplished gardener who grew many varieties of vegetables and flowers. She canned, preserved and cooked marvelous dishes from the bounty of her garden. She also had many farm animals as pets.
Anna was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and two nephews. Anna is survived by her loving family: her husband of 62 years, Richard, whom she married on January 27, 1952, her children: John (Valerie) Horstman, Michael (Jenny) Horstman, Grace (William) Dunker, and Carol (Daniel) Wheeler, grandchildren: Alexandra (Michael) Jackson, William (Ashley) Dunker, Erin Horstman, Stuart Horstman, Kyle (Liz) Wheeler, Mitchell (girlfriend Ashley) Wheeler, and Jacob (girlfriend Sheanna) Wheeler. Anna is survived by many other beloved relatives.
Calling hours are Sunday December 14th from 1 to 5 at the Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be Monday, December 15th at 10 am at the Jonesville United Methodist Church on Main Street Jonesville. Burial will follow at the Eastline Cemetery on Round Lake Road.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice of Saratoga, who provided such compassionate care to Anna and her family, or the Montgomery County SPCA, as Anna had a special love for all living things.