Ann Lee Haslund
After a very brief illness, Ann died gracefully at home with her daughters beside her, early Sunday, March 3, 2019. She was born to Dr. Bertram P. and Mrs. Dorothy Brown on September 16, 1940 in Los Angeles and spent her childhood in Beverly Hills. She attended Horace Mann Elementary School, Bancroft Jr. High and Hollywood High. She was a Girl Scout and took the Florence Nightingale Pledge, which she took to heart and applied throughout her life, being ever helpful to many in need. After graduating from high school, Ann attended UCSB for a year and proceeded to graduate from Los Angeles City College, receiving her Associate in Arts in Nursing in 1962. In the fall, she married Dr. Peter O. Haslund and later welcomed their two daughters, Melitta and Christina Haslund into their lives. The growing family moved from Texas to Colorado to Louisiana to California while Peter served in the US Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam. They made their home in Goleta, California where Ann earned her Bachelors from UCSB with a multi-disciplinary degree in Archaeology, Sociology and Psychology in 1975. As a Registered Nurse, Ann worked at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where she discovered her true passion for psychotherapy. She attended Antioch University and earned her Masters in in 1985. Over the next 22 years, she went on to serve in private practice, New Morning, Families First, Girls’ Group Home and El Dorado Council on Alcoholism.
After the end of her first marriage in 1976, Ann married Ronald Coleman in 1985. She was glad to be a part of a large family and moved up to the tree-lined mountains of El Dorado County. Though their marriage did not last, their friendship did until his death in 2010.
In 1989, Ann found her spiritual home with the Mountainside Spiritual Center in Placerville and served multiple terms on the board, led many Sunday morning worship services, taught Sunday School, enrolled in many classes, sang in the choir, and organized their Christmas Service and Dinner for countless years.
In 1991, Ann met Gene Holt, with whom she shared a passion for life, music, spirituality, psychotherapy and swimming in Sly Park Lake on Sunday afternoons. They spent 17 years together until his untimely death in 2009.
Ann joyfully welcomed and delighted in each of her grandchildren: Bryna, Benjamin, Nicolaus and Alexandra. She leaves behind her daughters, Melitta Haslund (William Gourley III), Christina Haslund (Daniel Fitzgerald), her dear friend and former husband Peter, cousins, and many close friends. She will be missed tremendously.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 7 at 1pm at Mountainside Spiritual Center that meets at Placerville Town Hall, 549 Main Street Placerville, CA 95667.
Her daughters thank Dr. Barba for his care and visit to her home on Valentine’s Day, the compassionate caregivers from Comprehensive In-Home Care, the angelic Threshold Singers and all of the kind Snowline Hospice staff. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Snowline Hospice in Ann’s memory.