Memorial Planned for Longtime Watertown Resident, Ann Bloom

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A memorial service to celebrate the life of Ann Bloom, a long time Watertown resident and former Library Trustee, will be held on Saturday, April 30. She passed away in January 2016.

The service on April 30 will be held at at 1 p.m. at the First Parish of Watertown, Unitarian Universalist, 35 Church St. in Watertown. Refreshments following the service.

Ann (Feinbloom) Bloom, 83, of Glastonbury, Conn., formerly of Watertown, died Wednesday, January 13, 2016. She was born in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of the late William and Mildred Feinbloom. She graduated from Syracuse University as a Voice Major. She spent the bulk of her adult years, raising her four children with her then husband, John E. Bloom in Dayton, Ohio.

In her obituary, Bloom was described as:

“A feisty, but charming talker, with a fine sense of humor, she was also a beauty with a stylish flair, a signature short hair cut and a love of fashion. She always had an open door and welcomed family, friends and strangers to share her home.”

She enjoyed an active and rich life after moving to the Boston area in the 1980s. An avid and wide reader, she became an elected member on the Watertown Free Public Library’s Board of Trustees.

Bloom also loved the arts and music. She often attended the Boston Symphony, Jacob’s Pillow, Tanglewood, theatre, art museums and jazz performances.

She had a multitude of hobbies, including: cooking, gardening, knitting and hanging out in local yarn stores, antiquing, thrift store browsing, and rooting for her beloved Red Sox.

Bloom was a progressive Democrate and was a political activist at the local, state, and national level.

She also enjoyed traveling, and had a particularl love of Italy; St. John, US Virgin Islands; Martha’s Vineyard, and visiting her family in California, Virginia, New York, and Tennessee, as well as strolling around Fresh Pond.

While living in Watertown, she was a member of the First Parish of Watertown Unitarian Universalist and Temple Israel of Boston.

She is survived by her sister, Joan Rusitzky( Harris) of Rochester, N.Y., four children, Wendy Bloom, Berkeley, Calif.; David Bloom ( Dru Markle), Nashville, Tenn.; Steven Bloom ( Elsie Kappler), McLean, Va.; and Amy Holt (Ken), Glastonbury, Conn.; her eleven grandchildren, and 4 great grand children, her dear friend, Bessie Jackson, Dayton, Ohio, as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.

The family would like to thank the wonderful care givers of Brookdale Buckingham in Glastonbury, CT and her friend, Akousa (AK) Osei. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Watertown Free Public Library ( or The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts chapter (

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