Mary Ann Connor
September 16, 1926 – November 23, 2020
Mary Ann ‘Maudie’ Connor has died peacefully at the age of 94. She is preceded in death by her husband, Edmond M. Connor, Jr. and is survived by her children Katherine (Jerry) Sacca, Ed (Sue), Paul (Deb McKeone), Ann Connor-Dunning (Neal Dunning), Tom (Lena Holmgren), John (Julie Cohn) and Jim (Brooke Nuttall); grandchildren Chris Sacca (Crystal), Brian Sacca (Adrienne Belai), Adam Dunning, Michael (Brie), Mark, Katie Dunning, Luke, Miriam (Alex Churchill), Paul, Liam (Evie), Charlie and Lars; great-grandchildren CC Eleven Sacca, Circa Luna Sacca, Elliott Bea Sacca and Center Sky Sacca.
Born in Omaha, Mary Ann Keiner was raised in Dundee by her cherished parents, Gertrude and Frederick Keiner, and attended Saint Margaret Mary’s grade school, Duchesne High School and Creighton University. She married her beloved husband Ed in 1949. While raising seven children, she loved her distinguished teaching career at Saint Bernard’s and Brownell Talbot elementary schools. Through Creighton University, Mary Ann and Ed enjoyed a thirty year relationship with the DeMello Group and Christian Life Community, where Mary Ann served a term as national president. They became Christian activists, teaching in the County Jail, serving food to the homeless and advocating for immigrant workers. They are inspiring examples of kindness, compassion and social responsibility for all of us in these times.
Mary Ann was blessed with boundless energy and robust health. In their seventies, Mary Ann and Ed were able to visit Ireland several times and other favorites, including Hawaii, Bermuda, Australia and Italy. They traveled with tennis rackets and could always be found cheering the big tournaments on TV. They shared their love of the great outdoors with their friends and children on the beaches of South Padre Island, the mountains of Colorado and their little cabin in Seabeck, Washington.
Mary Ann is survived by numerous good friends, nieces and nephews, as well as caregivers whom she calls ‘family’. She has lived a long and fulfilling life and, although she really didn’t want to leave us, her final message to all of us is, “Thank you!”.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date, when the family can safely travel. Please send memorials to the Servants of Mary Retirement Fund, 7400 Military Avenue, Omaha, NE, 68134. (402) 571-2547.