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Ann Blumenfeld

April 18, 1934 - August 18, 2017


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Having lived what she called “an excellent life,” Ann Kalechman Blumenfeld passed away at home, surrounded by family and supported by dedicated hospice and home caregivers. She rests in peace after bravely enduring chronic lung disease.

This fourth-generation San Franciscan, born to Bill and Aimee (Goldtree) Kalechman, grew up in the Marina District and remained loyal to her roots there. She graduated from Lowell High School and enjoyed a short stint at “Cal” before embarking on what became a beautiful marriage of 63 years to Gordon Blumenfeld. A brief sojourn in Limestone, Maine and San Francisco preceded their move to Marin County, where they raised their family. Ann was very proud of her son, Michael Blumenfeld; her daughter, Diane Blumenfeld-Schaap; her grandchildren, “incredibly brilliant, wonderful citizens of the world,”  Anna and William Blumenfeld and Bren and Maya Schaap; as well as her son-in-law Wieger Schaap.

The many decades of Ann’s life were characterized – in addition to a love of good books, travel, world history, and excellent food and libations – by her interest in the welfare of others. The many good friends she has now left behind, along with the many whom she sorely missed because they had gone before her, knew her as someone with a sympathetic ear and a readiness to share herself, her home, and whatever else seemed to be needed. In addition, she often volunteered in the community. In 1989, when they moved to Petaluma, where “everyone gives of themselves in terms of time and what they can financially,” both Ann and Gordon began supporting several community initiatives. Ann was dedicated to helping many organizations, including the Cancer Society, Hospice, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Petaluma schools, the local Boys & Girls Club, and the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County.

Those who knew and loved Ann are sad that she is gone even as they are grateful for the many wonderful memories: her ability to enjoy, her lively discussions, her broad knowledge, her sophisticated taste, her pleasured laugh.

Ann’s family will be marking the end of her life in private. People wishing to make a donation in her memory may choose a charity. Online condolences may be made at