Dec 31, 2009

Hanna H. Ebert

Hanna H. Ebert, of Madison, a war bride and fashion house quality control manager, has died

By Independent Press NJ

December 30, 2009, 6:03AM

After a long illness, Hanna (aka Hanni [pronounced “Honey”]) of Madison died on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009. She was the beloved wife of Harry Ebert with whom she had been happily married for more than 62 years and the daughter of Ludwig and Hertha Sesselmann.

She was born in 1922 in the green German province of Thüringen and later moved to Essen where she survived the massive bombing of that city; her house was destroyed and she was injured. She had worked as a telephone operator and completed her college studies in fashion design.

After the war she met her future husband, Harry Ebert who was a GI assigned to the US War Crimes Commission. They were married in 1947 in the town of Dachau and had their reception in the former SS Officers’ Club which had been converted into a U.S. Club. After a honeymoon in Garmisch, where the 1936 Winter Olympic Games were conducted, she came to the United States. They lived in Columbus, Ohio where her husband finished his studies, then they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Marietta, Ohio before settling in the Garden State.

For more than 10 years she commuted into New York City where she could apply her education and talent in fashion design and become Quality Control Manager of Aileen, a women’s dress house. She enjoyed dealing with many people and solving their technical problems.

Mrs. Ebert was an enthusiastic traveler who visited and got to know the people in 30 countries. Based upon these experiences, she considered herself a citizen of the world and felt that we only can have peace if more people from different countries, religions and ethnic groups get to know each other and meet with open hearts and minds.

The interment will be at noon on Wednesday, Jan, 6, 2010 at the Restland Memorial Park, 77 DeForest Ave., East Hanover. Arrangements are by Wm. A. Bradley & Son, Chatham.

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