July 16, 1930 - February 12, 2021
Ann Dumanis, 90, mother of former District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, died peacefully in her home on Feb. 12, surrounded by Bonnie, her daughter-in-law Denise Nelesen and extended family member Judy Copeland. Ann was born in Bronx, NY, and lived most of her life in Brockton, Mass., where she and her husband of 57 years, Abe, raised their two daughters and where she developed her love of lobster rolls, Patriots, Red Sox and Cape Cod potato chips. She worked for WIC (Women, Infants and Children), as well as with a physician for many years. The greatest tragedy of her life was the death of daughter, Donna, at age 18. Her greatest joy was Bonnie's success as an attorney, judge and district attorney.Ann and Abe moved to San Diego in 1993 to be close to Bonnie. Until Abe's death in 2008, they lived in Rancho Bernardo and were members of Ner Tamid. They were active with PFLAG and rode in every Gay Pride Parade, plus enjoyed meeting new friends during Bonnie's campaigns. They attended Citizens of Courage Luncheons and District Attorney Awards banquets, among other activities. They loved dogs, taking Nicole and Ellie to dog parks in Rancho Bernardo and Poway. They traveled with family on cruises, trips. Ann was a skilled knitter, knitting instructor and a member of the San Diego North Coast Knitters Guild. She met weekly with knitting friends in what became known as Queen Ann's Court. She also loved playing Mahjong with friends and on her computer, plus going to Bingo. She will be remembered for her feisty nature and ability to make friends easily.Ann is survived by Bonnie, Denise, and "adopted" daughter Judy. She was predeceased by Abe, her twin sister Florence Goldblatt and daughter Donna. She will be dearly missed by her loving relatives Steven Siskin and Raschelle Dichter, Paul Siskin, Jeff and Cathy Dichter, David and Nadine Siskin, Salley Dichter and Ralph Williams, Kathy and George Dichter, Bruce Dichter, Dana and Jordan Cohne , Chris Succi, Diane Ruble and Bill Green, and Donna Nelesen. Many knitting buddies will remember her talent and their fun times together.A service will be held this summer in Brockton, Mass. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Elizabeth Hospice, Jewish Family Services or Serving Seniors.
Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Feb. 28, 2021.