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Ann Bliss


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Ann Bliss Obituary
March 16, 1928 - January 24, 2016 Anna Jane Woldenberg, daughter of Charles and Esther Woldenberg, was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She spent an idyllic tomboy childhood on Lake Mendota with her sister, Caroline, and brothers Newt and Bill. As a teenager she worked as a camp counselor at the nearby YWCA camp. While attending Briarcliff Junior College in Westchester County, New York, Ann met Eliot Bliss. They fell in love and were married in 1947, a marriage that lasted 68 years. In 1952, while living in New York City, Ann and Eliot were offered the opportunity to move to California. Within the week Ann, Eliot, young daughter Jane and son, Tom (in utero), were driving cross country. The family settled in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley. Ann got busy, serving as president of her local elementary school's PTA, teaching swimming to hundreds of neighborhood children and working for nuclear disarmament. In 1959, Ann received her BA and teaching credential as a member of San Fernando Valley State College's (now CSUN) first graduating class. In her twenty-four-year career as a schoolteacher, first at Tarzana Elementary School, then Bertrand Elementary School, Ann transformed numerous lives. Ann remained close with many former students throughout her life. Beginning in 1970, Aspen, Colorado served as a second home to Ann, where she skied each winter and volunteered many summers at the Aspen Music Festival. Ann's irrepressible love of travel drew her to dozens of countries. An avid scuba diver, Ann dove all over the world. Back in Tarzana, decades of volunteer work with the American Action Fund for Blind Children and Adults, a near-inhabitancy of her local library, and loyal patronage of Ventura Boulevard cafes and shops made Ann a local celebrity. That, and her big white hat. Words cannot adequately describe a life and these words have certainly failed to convey what an exceptional wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend and human being was Ann Bliss. Her loss is deeply felt by Eliot, Jane and Tom, her five grandchildren, her great-grandchild and literally countless friends and relatives. Ann left a big mark. In lieu of flowers, please give to the "West Valley Library" c/o Los Angeles Public Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071, att: Kris Morita.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14, 2016
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