Mary Ann Lonergan, 88, of McCook Lake, South Dakota, died on Sunday, August 2, 2020, surrounded by family and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at 5000 Military Road, Sioux City, Iowa 51103, with the Very Reverend Terry Roder of Sacred Heart Catholic Church officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery, Sioux City, IA.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at Christy Smith Larkin Chapel, 2320 Outer Drive, Sioux City, Iowa. Visitations will also be held at Sacred Heart prior to the funeral mass, between 9:30 and 10:30 Thursday morning.
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Mary Ann was born April 10, 1932, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Arthur F. and Myrtle (Schwartz) Lonergan. She grew up in Dubuque, attending Sacred Heart Elementary and Immaculate Conception Academy, graduating in 1950. She graduated from Briar Cliff College and went on to Catholic University and to Notre Dame University, earning a Master’s degree. She also pursued advanced studies at the University of Iowa.
She moved to Sioux City in 1965 to join the faculty of Briar Cliff College. As an Assistant Professor, Mary Ann taught many classes, including art history, ceramics, and drawing. In 1989 she received the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award at Briar Cliff. She retired in 1997 as Professor Emerita of Art.
Mary Ann had a passion for teaching, and particularly loved working with children and designing art education curricula. In 1995 she published Art and the Child, an integrated art-curriculum for kindergarten through grade-six. As a member of the Sioux City Art Center, she was also involved in the arts community and held professional memberships in the National Art Educational Association and the Iowa Art Educational Association. An accomplished artist, Mary Ann’s works consist primarily of contemporary icons.
She was a member of the Franciscan Order from Dubuque, Sisters of St. Francis, from 1950-1970, and an active member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Sioux City, where for many years she served as funeral committee co-chair with her sister, Joan Redding.
An outstanding cook and a gracious hostess, Mary Ann loved to entertain family and friends. She extended her warm hospitality to all and possessed a unique skill for making visitors feel welcome in her home. She loved all animals.
Survivors include her 19 nieces and nephews along with many close friends, including Jeff Baldus.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Joan Redding, and her brother, Richard Lonergan.
Mary Ann’s family suggests donations in her memory be directed to the Mary Ann Lonergan Endowed Art Scholarship Fund at Briar Cliff University.