Ann was born to Olga (Tassan) and Harry Leslie in San Francisco and grew up surrounded by her large extended family, whom she loved dearly.
After graduating from Mills High School in Millbrae, she followed in Olga’s footsteps and became a hair stylist. She had a career for 53 years in a variety of salons, several of which she owned, including Permanent Solution in Clayton.
For more than 30 years at “The Shop,” as she called it, she greeted everyone with a joyful smile and warm and welcoming demeanor the second they opened the door. Her clients and coworkers regarded has as a true friend who could always be counted on not just for doing great work but for lending an ear to listen, providing a shoulder to cry on or sharing a laugh with anyone in her chair.
Ann’s greatest joy was her family, especially her husband Randy and children Chris Krnich (Jenny) and Leslie Pound (Adam). She and Randy were married Aug. 14, 1988, and built a life together in Clayton that included a circle of friends who were like family.
Ann and Randy created a home that was always full of laughter and music. Over the years, they hosted countless bocce ball matches in the backyard, family Christmas parties, Bunco nights and dinners where friends knew they could always stay for one more glass of wine.
Ann was a beloved and devoted mom to Chris and Leslie, mother-in-law to Adam and Jenny, and adored “noni” to Everly (8), Donovan (6) and Weiler (3). Her immense pride and love for her grandchildren was apparent to everyone she knew and encountered. She provided constant joy, comfort and guidance to them and was always able to make them smile and laugh – and convince their moms to let them have ice cream on Noni and Papa days. We will always love you to the moon and back, Noni, and when we dream of angels, we’ll be dreaming of you, too.
Ann’s life was centered around the people she loved, and those of us who were loved by her are better people for having had her loyalty and support in our lives.
In addition to her immediate family, she is saurvived by her brother Neil Leslie (Judi), sister Judy Mangan (d. Craig), nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who considered her to be family and will miss and celebrate her forever.
Her family wishes to express their sincere thanks to her medical care team at the Bruns House through Hospice of East Bay for the comfort and compassion they provided during the final weeks of Ann’s life. A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. May 20 at Endeavor Hall, 6008 Center St., Clayton. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of East Bay Attn. Bruns House.