Ann Breitinger passed away just before Christmas 2013, aged 84. The youngest daughter of William and Edna Breitinger, she grew up in Bakersfield and attended Bakersfield High School, where she was elected homecoming Queen. She then attended UCLA before decamping for Honolulu which was, in the years following WWII, more adventurous than it would be now. After two years in Hawaii she returned to the mainland, settling in San Francisco, where she remained for the majority of her working life. A secretary, legal secretary and executive assistant, she worked for several companies in the course of her long career, periodically returning to Bakersfield to visit friends and family.
Ann was an extraordinarily vivacious, gregarious and welcoming person, impressing all who met her with her warmth and generosity. She retired to Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, where she was beloved of staff as well as visitors and family, and her lifelong devotion to animals (especially her much-missed Gracie the Cat), the piano, and to the spirit as well as the act of friendship enriched us all. A close friend's young nephew, in fact, came to call her "Breitinger-day" because she so brightened his day, as she did with countless others.
Ann was predeceased by her sister, Gay Thurber, and her brother Don Breitinger. She is survived by her nephews Bart Thurber of San Diego and Kent Thurber of Portland, Oregon, her niece Anne Marino of Bakersfield, as well as grand nephews Alex Marino of New York and Daniel Marino of La Mirada, grand nieces Amie Thurber of Nashville, Emiliy Marino of Norwalk, Conn. and Jessica Thurber of Los Angeles, together with great grand nieces Ella and Abigail Varney of Nashville.