July 08, 2019
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July 08, 2019
July 09, 2019
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Mary Ann McKenna, 84, passed away July 2, 2019 at Essentia Health Hospital, Fargo, ND surrounded by family.
Mary Ann Magdalene Peckskamp was born on October 18, 1934 in Melrose, MN to John Bernard “Ben J.” and Josephine (Schmitz) Peckskamp. She graduated from Sauk Center High School and attended Valley City State Teacher’s College (now known as Valley City State University). She earned a teaching certificate and taught at a country school outside Eckelson, ND for two years. There were 13 students in grades 1-8. She married E. Daniel McKenna on December 29, 1955 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, MN. They lived in Valley City and Mary Ann worked at the local bank for a few months before becoming a fulltime homemaker. The family moved to Fargo, ND in 1957, Woodriver, IL in 1958 and then to Kenosha, WI in 1963 for four years before settling in Moorhead, MN. During her 56 years in Moorhead, Mary Ann was the foundation of our family that started with her marriage to Dan, continued with four kids and then expanded to 21 with the addition of her first great grandchild. She oversaw family parties, celebrations, camping trips and countless hours at Leaf Lake in Minnesota. In her spare time, she did homemade crafts instilling a crafting legacy that now extends to her grandkids, collected and donated dolls to local shelters, and most recently rekindled her love of cribbage and bingo at Eventide. She was a lifelong fan and owner of the Green Bay Packers who she loving called “her boys”. For the past two years she lived independently at Eventide, Moorhead.
She and Dan were members of St. Joseph’s Parish and the Newman Center. She was active in Campfire, Cubs Scout Leader, the Ladies Aid, and Concordia Talk and Stitch.
Mary Ann is survived by her children, Daniel “Dan” Bernard McKenna (Teri) Lake Melissa, MN, Kathleen “Kathy” Jo Just (Kenley) Moorhead, MN, Patrick “Pat” Joseph McKenna (Kristi) Papillion, NE, Ann McKenna Suits (David) Robbinsdale, MN; 8 grandchildren, John McKenna, New York City, NY, Brianna Just, St. Paul MN, Brittney Just (Jordan Klovstad) Virginia Beach, VA, and Brooke (Eric) Depa, Clouquet, MN, Dustin (Megan) McKenna, Lincoln NE and Nicole (Mitchell) Godfrey, LaVista NE, Benjamin and Sarah Suits, Robbinsdale, MN; 1 great grandchild, Keavy McKenna, Lincoln, NE.
Mary Ann is preceded in death by her husband, parents and sister Delrose Karty.
Memorials preferred to the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of North Dakota