Ann “Pinkie” Gertrude Freitas Geremia Pinkerton was a lifelong resident of the Central Coast of California. She died in Klamath Falls in the care of her son Joseph and Sue Geremia on May 11, 2021.
Ann is survived by her three kids Andrew Geremia Jr.(Renee), Joseph Geremia (Susan), and Betty Lou Pinkerton (Randi); her siblings Henry Freitas, Frank Freitas, and Ken Freitas (deceased); her grandkids, Carrie Geremia, Stacy Geremia-Paulicano, Amy Geremia Wall, Megan Geremia DeLeon, Brian Geremia, Benjamin Rebhan, Jessica Rebhan (deceased), and Randy Rettler; and ten great grandchildren.
Ann was twice married, first to Andrew Geremia, later to Jack Pinkerton who she remained married to until his death in 1994.
Ann was born and raised in Bristol, Rhode Island on June 18, 1933. She graduated from Colt High School in Bristol Rhode Island in 1950 where she was known for having an “amusing laugh.”
In 1954, Ann moved to Orange, California as a single mother with two boys. Standing in a long line of willing applicants, she was chosen, to her surprise, for a position developing photos in a photo shop. In 1959, she met and married Jack and in 1960 they moved to the Central Coast where she took a job at Pacific Bell as a phone operator. Her daughter Betty was born in 1961. After a few years she moved into the banking industry where she spent nearly 50 years serving Mid-State Bank customers. She loved helping clients balance their bank accounts and solve their banking issues. Many customers stood in her line, even though other tellers were available.
For 30 years, Ann lived in Oceano, California at the Pleasant Hills Mobile Manor. For most of her time there she helped her neighbors and friends, taking them to appointments or grocery shopping. She was always the first to offer help when others needed her. She had many friends. Once she knew someone they were in her life forever. Her last years in Oceano were spent with her cousin Gladys Medeiros, who lived with and cared for her.
She loved people almost as much as she loved her animals. Over the years, she had many dogs and cats, none of which were thin. Animals loved her as much as she did them. Her friend’s and family’s dogs jumped into her car when she tried to leave. She would take them around the block for a ride before she left.
Ann had a sense of humor that was unsurpassed. When you were with her, you were laughing. She was lighthearted and didn’t take life too seriously. She also had an unusual ability to use the most colorful language, yet in a way that never offended anyone.
Ann is also survived by her cookie jar. It sat in the same spot for decades where her grandkids and the neighborhood kids would stand waiting for the invitation to help themselves. That cookie jar was never empty.
Friends and family are invited to attend Ann’s viewing on May 18, 2021 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm:
Marshall Spoo Sunset Funeral Chapel
1239 Longbranch Avenue
Grover Beach, California 93433
Her Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 11:00 am
Grave location: Section N; Block Q; Plot 65
Arroyo Grande District Cemetery
895 El Camino Real
Arroyo Grande, California 93420
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