|Birth: ||Dec. 7, 1932|
|Death: ||Jan. 7, 2010|
Surrounded by her loving family, Sarah Anne Dritz passed away peacefully after a valiant battle with Leukemia. Born in Millington Tennessee, Anne graduated high school a valedictorian and went to Vanderbuilt University on a full scholarship at the age of fifteen.
Enamored with San Francisco while on a vacation from teaching high school English and Home economics, Anne called her landlord to send her belongings as she had found her new home.
Anne had wonderful adventures in San Francisco, none better than meeting her best friend and husband of forty nine years, Herb Dritz. The two of them embarked on a new adventure and made Fresno their home. This adventure included raising their four children, Harry, David, Adrienne, and Daniel Dritz.
Over the years Anne became very involved with her children's schools, her synagogue, and the community.
At Temple Beth Israel Anne was a member of Hadassah, President of UJW, President of sisterhood, taught religious school, was a member of the Board of Directors, and created the Jack and Lola Kader Holocaust Library. She truly enjoyed her years as a member of their congregation.
As a parent of four children in the Fresno Unified School District Anne was highly involved in her children's education. She was president of Malloch Elementary PTA and of the Fresno Council of PTAs. She was a member of the superintendent's cabinet and on countless school committees. Anne's love during her children's education were the Bullard High School band whom she help raise funds for tirelessly, and the Fresno Junior Philharmonic, whom she headed up the fundraising and enabled them to tour Europe and compete for the first time in the Youth and Music Festival in Vienna Austria.
As a professional Anne wore many hats, including owner of her own Employment Agency, "Personnel Producers". She was the director of the Fresno Discovery Museum and worked tirelessly to make it a great place for children to love science. Eventually Anne went to work for Weinstocks managing their furniture department and transferring to and retiring from JC Penney when Weinstocks closed. Anne loved the many careers she had, the wonderful friends she made from each, and gave them all that she had.
Never able to just sit, Anne began working at Curves as soon as she "retired" and was blessed with a whole new crew of friends there.
Upon retiring, Anne became involved with the Leuekemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training. Feeling incredibly blessed to have healthy children and grandchildren she felt the need to raise money and help find a cure for this disease. As a member and then mentor for Team in Training Anne walked thirteen full and half marathons raising tens of thousands of dollars for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She also became very involved in Light the Night and helped coordinate the walk and fundraising efforts. Anne absolutely loved being a part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society, they brought great joy and meaning to her life. The memories that she created with them were some of her very favorite. Anne's greatest joy was and always shall be her family.
There was no greater love than the love she had for her husband, children, and grandchildren. They among other things will always be a great part of her legacy.
As she joins her son David in Heaven, Anne leaves behind her husband Ernest Herbert Dritz, her children Harry Dritz, Daniel Dritz, and Adrienne Dritz-Mars, and her beloved granddaughters Miriam Leah, Isabella, Emilia, and Hannah.
To come into this world and make a difference is what life is about, Anne did just that.
A Celebration of Anne's life will be held on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. at Lisle Calaveras Chapel, after which Anne will be laid to her eternal rest at Temple Beth Israel Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to the Fresno Chapter of the Leukemia, Lymphoma Society.
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Published in Fresno Bee on January 9, 2010
Beth Israel Cemetery
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Record added: Jan 09, 2010
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