Ann Arndt

San Francisco Chronicle (Sunday) - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

ARNDT, Ann-Marie (Maisy) - Age 87, died peace­fully at her home in Oak­land sur­rounded by her fam­ily, Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, 2018, at sun­set, fol­low­ing a short ill­ness. She was a lov­ing wife and mother and will be missed dearly by her fam­ily and friends.

Ann, known to many as Maisy, was born May 15, 1931 in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. She at­tended el­e­men­tary and high school in Bel­gium and worked in the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices for the Palais de Beaux Arts Cen­ter for Fine Arts in Brus­sels. Ann’s early years in Bel­gium were in­flu­enced by WWII, most poignantly by her fam­ily’s flee from the oc­cu­pa­tion of Brus­sels to France. Soon af­ter the war ended, Ann spent a year with her fam­ily in La Jolla, CA which be­came a sec­ond home for her.

In 1955 Ann left Bel­gium and moved to San Fran­cisco. 3 years later she mar­ried her beloved hus­band, Don. They were mar­ried for 47 years. The cou­ple en­joyed a vi­brant life in San Fran­cisco and made many life­long friends. Through the Sierra Club, and hik­ing, they dis­cov­ered the won­ders of Yosemite which they later shared with chil­dren and grand­chil­dren on fam­ily trips.

In 1962 Don and Ann moved to Berke­ley where she ably man­aged a busy house­hold that in­cluded three chil­dren and nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties. Us­ing her na­tive French lan­guage and nat­u­ral teach­ing abil­ity Ann started a sec­ond ca­reer as an af­ter-school French teacher in lo­cal schools. In 1981, Ann founded Les Petites Va­cances, a French sum­mer day camp in the Oak­land hills. More than a thou­sand chil­dren ex­pe­ri­enced French lan­guage ed­u­ca­tion over the more than 10 years the camp ex­isted.

Ann had a vi­brant per­son­al­ity and gift for mak­ing friends all through­out her life. She cared deeply about fam­ily in­clud­ing her mother, Ge­or­gia, to whom she was es­pe­cially close. Her love for La Jolla was passed down to her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren that in­cluded an­nual sum­mer trips. She loved watch­ing the sun­set in La Jolla from the cliffs over the ocean. To re­main con­nected with Europe Ann, Don and the chil­dren trav­eled back to her home­land of­ten. Ann was ac­tive in many clubs in­clud­ing the Clare­mont Club and those that con­nected her with her Euro­pean roots. She sup­ported San Fran­cisco Bay Area the­ater, mu­sic, art mu­se­ums, com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­men­tal char­i­ties and was a mem­ber of St. John’s Pres­by­te­rian Church in Berke­ley where she served in nu­mer­ous ca­pac­i­ties.

Ann was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Don, in 2005. She is sur­vived by, son Eric (Ju­lia), son Philip (Terri), daugh­ter Jen­nifer Cirelli (Vin­cent), four grand­chil­dren, Ni­cholas, Madi­son, Joey, Ali­son, and many nieces and neph­ews. In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, she was pre­ceded in death by her sis­ter, Anita, in 2016. A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at 2:00 pm, Sat, Dec. 1, St. John’s Pres­by­te­rian Church in Berke­ley. Should friends de­sire, con­tri­bu­tions may be sent in Ann’s name to St. John’s Pres­by­te­rian Church, 2727 Col­lege Av­enue, Berke­ley, 94705.

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