Ann Hartwich Brandin


Ann Hartwich Brandin

“Do Not Go Back To Sleep. 

The Breeze At Dawn Has Secrets To Tell You.”  Rumi (1207-1273)

Ann Brandin flew away on April 6, 2023 leaving behind her beloved husband Alf, her wonderful sons Patrick (Susan) and Christopher (Michele), her precious grandchildren Jack, Charlotte, Kate and Margaret, her favorite sister Nancy, many very fine friends and a long list of instructions.

Ann was born on New Years Day 1938, in Modesto, to Isabell and Galen Hartwich.  She grew up on a farm, went to a small country school, graduated from Fresno High School and from Stanford where she met and married her lifelong partner.

Ann had a broad range of talents.  She sewed skirts and sold them under the name Ann Wraps.  She made and sold whimsical visors under the name Happy Hats.  Her bridal visor was once

featured in the Sunday style section of the San Francisco Examiner.  She taught cooking classes for children titled Kids In The Kitchen,

and she gave cooking classes in the evenings for adults as well.

She tutored high school students in Spanish and taught Spanish in

the community college adult education program.  She obtained an ESL certificate and taught English as a second language to workers

in the service industry.  She loved to swim, garden, do crosswords and  entertain.  Her Christmas dessert parties were the talk of the town. She was gracious, nonjudgmental and always gave more to a relationship than she took from it.

Ann and Alf were married 65 years.  They were lucky enough to have lived in their yellow house in Ross where Ann gardened and later by the water in Tiburon where Ann swam. They visited every state in the United States and traveled through many countries around the world from the Taj Mahal to Machu Picchu.

Ann is also survived by her Brandin in-laws, her nephew Daniel “Stash” Easton and his family, cousin Kathi Williams, her housekeeper Charos Ramirez and her caretaker Maika Uluiviti.  She is grateful to have been a patient of Drs. Rita Lanphier, Melanie Lising, Benjamin Nichols, David Ogden and H. George Tanaka.  

A memorial service is planned.  In lieu of flowers, Ann has suggested contributions be made to the San Francisco/Marin

Food Bank  P.O. Box 7203 San Francisco, CA 94120 or online at

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