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January 20, 1911 - October 10, 2015 Born Esther Anna Tenenbaum in Offenbach, Germany, Anna was brought by her parents, William and Rosa, to south Los Angeles at the age of three. The family name was shortened to Tenn, and she soon learned impeccable English. She was happily married to Irving Parker from 1934 until his death in 1970. A 1933 graduate of UCLA, she taught English and journalism at John Muir Junior High School for many years. One of her students from the early 1960s wrote in 2008, "She was a beacon in the ghetto for me, as the neighborhood that housed the school in which she taught changed from middle-class white to working class and poor black to, now, poor Latinos and blacks." In retirement she took classes in flower arranging, photography, calligraphy, and Spanish, and she was a volunteer reader, known as Grandma Anna, to young children at the Exposition Park library until she was past ninety. She was a volunteer docent at the Skirball Museum for years. She served as a teacher and inspiring role model for four generations of relatives. After seventy years in her Hyde Park home, she moved into the Jewish Home for the Aged in Reseda just before her 100th birthday. Her three siblings, Benjamin Tenn, Sam Tenn, and Bernice Fleischer, predeceased her. Survivors include nieces Elaine (David) Hussey and Geralynn (Joseph) Surfas, nephews Robert (Penelope) Fleischer, Roger (Sheila) Tenn, Kenneth Fleischer, and Michael Tenn, cousins Joseph (Eileen) Tenn, Miriam Kolitz, Daniel (Gail) Tenn, Ben (Cynthia) Tenn, and Helen Karlton, and their descendants.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 14 to Oct. 15, 2015
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