Ann Braunstein's life ended peacefully at home January 30, 2013, at age 103½.
One of six siblings, Ann was born July 18, 1909, in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents were Yiddish-speaking Russian Jews who emigrated to the United States in the early 1900s. She became a secretary and in 1930 married Jack Braunstein.
During the Great Depression, and for many years thereafter, Ann and Jack were politically active in pursuit of working-class causes. In 1972, they retired to the Rogue Valley to be closer to their daughter, son-in-law, and grandson who was then two years old. After Jack passed away in 1986, Ann lived independently until the age of 100, when many nieces and nephews and their families came to Medford to celebrate her birthday.
Her family attributed her longevity to her mental and physical activity, general optimism, sense of humor, and love of ice cream (which she ate daily.) Ann however said "I just keep having one birthday after another." She enjoyed daily walks (having never driven a car), loved to play cards, and closely followed politics and news of world events. She was "Bubbie" to her two great-grandchildren.
In 2010, Ann moved to Pioneer Village in Jacksonville where she enjoyed good friendships and remained sharp and physically active. She was delighted, she said, to live long enough to vote in the 2012 Presidential election.
Special thanks to her cardiologist, Dr. Brian Morrison, and his staff for their care and attention in later years, as well as the staff at Pioneer Village who cared for her with such tenderness at the very end.
She is survived by her daughter, Ronnie Budge (Ed); grandson, Edwin Budge (Averil); great-grandchildren, Ford and Asha; and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all. No services are planned.