Anna Andreini-Brophy died November 16, 2020, in Phoenix, Arizona, having been blessed with visits from loyal friends and family members in her final days. Born in 1934, Anna grew up and attended school in New York City, acquiring a distinct New York accent that she carried with her throughout her life.
In her professional career, Anna held various jobs assisting the likes of famed playwright, Jack Gelber, novelist Terry Southern, and she eventually served as the Executive Director of Stewart’s Mott’s philanthropic foundation, Spectemur Agendo. Her most noteworthy job was working closely with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers with whom she raised money, lobbied and protested alongside. Her time with the UFW would lead her to Arizona where she would eventually take up a successful career in real estate. However, it was her work with Hospice of the Valley that she found most meaningful. She spearheaded HOV’s early fundraising efforts and her connections and passion set the stage for what would become HOV’s annual wine and art auction.
Anna had a talent for connecting with people from all backgrounds and from different walks of life. Her distinct personality, warm smile and unmistakable laugh were familiar to all who knew her. She was worldly, intriguing and stylish; traits acquired over a lifetime of extraordinary experiences and mixing with equally extraordinary people.
Anna was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Cullen Brophy, Jr., her son Bruce Wollman and her step-daughter Julia Brophy. Anna is survived by her three children, Jane Kunde (Michael), Gary Wollman (Julie), Jeffrey Wollman (Suzanne) and her step-daughters Sallie Brophy, Fiona Brophy Hales, Francesca Brennan, Christie Brophy, Jayne Israel and by her grandchildren Lara Hubbard (JP),Natasha, Chad (Christina ) and Cody Wollman and step-grandchildren Julia and Blaise Najafi , Amanda Kitchen, Blake, Chase and Cullen Brophy , Isabelle and Francesca Hales along with great grandchildren , nieces , nephews and other much loved friends and family.
Anna’s family and loved ones extend their deepest gratitude to the staff of Sherman Home, who treated Anna and her family with great care and compassion during her time there. In consideration of the health and safety of others, the burial services are private. Contributions in Anna’s memory can be made to Hospice of the Valley at hov.org or by mail to Hospice of the Valley Fund Development: 1510 E Flower Street. Phoenix, AZ 85014.
My name is Ploy. I am from Thailand. I was a student for work and travel program in 2008. Me and my other two friends were lost when we accidentally met Anna and she was the sweetest person I have ever met. She helped us find the way back to our apartment and took us out for lunch. After that she had become part of our life during the three months time we lived there. She was very helpful to us and helping us in many ways that was when we all ended up calling her mommy. After I came back from the US, we still exchanged emails and wishing birthday wishes on Facebook occasionally. I didn’t know when we started to loose contact with each other. However, mommy Anna has always in my thoughts and I always wanted to see her again. I kept checking back on her facebook page every year and realized there is no movements for quite sometimes until I decided to check on google and finally find this page. I don’t know how to express my feeling when I found out she is no longer with us. I always wanted to say thank you for what she did to me. I am so thankful and I will always have her in my mind for the rest of my life. May you rest in peace Mommy Anna. Loved… Ploy