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Mary Ann Teigen, 77

Mary Ann Teigen, of Edina, Minn., passed away March 26, at age 77. She suffered a massive stroke on March 10, and was hospitalized at Methodist Hospital and received care at N.C. Little Hospice.

She was a loving and caring wife, sister, aunt, dear friend, and a dedicated elementary teacher. Mary was born on Oct. 7, 1936, in Wheaton, Minn. She attended Wheaton public schools graduating from Wheaton High School in 1954. She was a graduate of Moorhead State College receiving a teaching certificate in 1957 and a Bachelor's Degree in 1960.

Her first teaching positions during 1957-1962 were in Starbuck, Minn., and Willmar, Minn. schools. During the years 1962-1970, she was a civilian teacher of American military dependents in schools in Japan, France, Germany, and Alaska. She was an elementary teacher with the Hopkins Public Schools for 25 years from 1970-1995, when she retired after 38 years in education.

Mary Ann Ekberg and Donald Teigen were married on Aug. 9, 1980, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. During retirement she and her husband Donald traveled extensively to Sweden and Norway, England, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Greece and Turkey as well as around the U.S. Mary was very active in many Mount Olivet Church, community and condo social activities. She loved and cared for children as a dedicated teacher and as a beloved aunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Edna (Teske) Ekberg; one brother, John who died at age 12; and one brother-in-law, Leland Teigen.

Survivors include Donald Teigen, her husband of 34 years; one brother, Paul (Carol) Ekberg; sisters-in-law, llene (Leon) Hawkins, Imogene (Merle) Spinks, Marlene (Randall) Weiss, Geraldine (Ken) Heifort, and Margaret "Peggy" Teigen; brothers-in-law, Maynard Teigen, Bernard Teigen, and Raymond Teigen; many nieces and nephews including special nieces, Kristi (Ekberg) Johnson and DeAnn (Ekberg) O'Connell; grand nieces and grand nephews; cousins; and other relatives and many friends.

The family wishes to thank Methodist Hospital and Little Hospice for the care received.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church or to a church or charity.

Private interment Glenwood City, Wis. Cemetery at a later date. Memorial service was 2 p.m. Monday, March 31, with visitation one hour prior to the service at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave S., Mpls. Visitation was also 5-7 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at: Edina Chapel 952-920-3996 West 50th St. & Hwy 100

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