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Ann Dobbs Colletto

Ann Dobbs Colletto peacefully passed away of natural causes on February 23rd, 2015 in San Francisco at the age of 78, to join her brother, mother and father.

Ann was born May 28th, 1936 in Los Angeles. She was the daughter of Isabella McCalum of Toronto, and Walter Dobbs of Boston, who met and eventually fell in love on a westbound train, headed for California, during the early Depression.

Ann grew up in Pasadena, developing a strong love for tennis in her early years. Ann graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in History in 1958. During college, she joined Pi Beta Phi and loved playing tennis for her sorority. She was known across campus for her powerful backhands and frozen-rope serves that even her closest friends feared.

After graduating, Ann traveled to the Far East, with extended stops in Japan, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Thailand. This spawned her love for travel, as Ann would explore New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Russia, South America and even Northern Canada, to study Polar Bears, in her later years.

After Berkeley, Ann decided to remain in the Bay Area, relocating to the Marina District, refining her tennis game with anyone willing to play. It was on the Golden Gate Tennis Courts, during the summer of 1961, when Ann met her loving husband, Joseph Sully Colletto. After a short courtship, they were married in January 1962 and then moved to Tiburon to begin raising a family, where Ann would spend the next 50 years.

When Ann wasn't volunteering for Sunny Hills, Ann enjoyed expanding her cooking repertoire and tending to her epic rose garden. Ann continued to play competitive tennis for the Tiburon Peninsula Club and Harbor Point Tennis Club, while managing her family. When her tennis juices waned, she picked up golf, bridge and sculpting granite as her final challenges.

Ann is survived by her first son Jim, his wife Katy, granddaughter Mia, grandson Jake, all of Tiburon and her second son, John, his wife Ginger, grandson Connor and granddaughters Bridgett and Lucy, all of San Diego.

A celebration of Ann Colletto's life will be held at the Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley on Sunday March 29th at 10am (PST). In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Sunny Hills Foundation of San Anselmo, California.

(Published March 18, 2015)

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