Age 87, of Minnetonka, MN. Formerly of Wayzata, MN, Berkeley Heights, NJ and Chicago, IL, she passed away November 12, 2018.
Mary Anne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. Preceded in death by husband of 63 years, William Patrick “Bill” Egar Jr.; father, Thomas Byrne; and mother, Ethel (McCue) Hanson; sister, Margaret Mary Byrne; granddaughter, Sophie Egar; son-in-law, Timothy Rannow; and dear friend, Maxine Quae. Survived by: brother, Michael Byrne, son, William Thomas Egar (Sarah); daughter, Madonna Isabella (Egar) Ladzinski (Alex M.); son, Thomas Arthur Egar; and daughter, Joellen Marie (Egar) Rannow (Timothy). She also leaves behind grandsons: Sean Rannow (Ana); Alexander W. Ladzinski, Neil Egar (Nicole); and Andrew Ladzinski; granddaughters: Gemma (Egar) Nelson (Keith); and Tessa Egar; great grandchild; Quinn Nelson; and many nephews, nieces, and friends.
Born in Chicago Illinois, Mary Anne and her family moved from there to New Jersey in the early 1960’s then to Wayzata, Minnesota in 1964, and finally to Minnetonka, Minnesota in 1966, where she lived for 51 years.
After graduating from Mercy High School in Chicago in 1949, Mary Anne entered Chicago State University, where she studied Elementary Education and Library Science. She graduated from there in 1954. She met her husband Bill at a church dance. They married in the Catholic Church in 1954 and raised four children.
After College, Mary Anne oversaw a school library in Chicago; and later filled in on occasion at Wayzata High School. She traveled broadly throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain with her husband and children.
Mary Anne enjoyed many days boating on Lake Minnetonka with her family. She loved animals, had many pets throughout her life, and she contributed to many animal charities. Mary Anne also loved plants. For many years, she could be seen tending to her rose bushes and other flowers on her Minnetonka property. She was a docent at the Minnesota Arboretum. Mary Anne also loved to sing and knew the lyrics to almost any song that people might request. She sang in the choir at Mercy High School and later with the choir at Saint Bartholomew Church in Wayzata. She was also active politically, and worked in the Republican Party in the 1980’s.
A celebration of Mary Anne’s life with a Mass of Christian Burial will be at 3 PM Friday, November 16, at The Church of Saint Therese, 18323 Minnetonka Blvd., Deephaven MN 55391. Visitation 1 hour prior. Private interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Shorewood. In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Our Lady of Peace Home in Saint Paul, MN, English Rose Suites (Hospice) in Edina, MN and the Animal Humane Society.
Animal Humane Society of Minnesota
English Rose Suites
Our Lady of Peace Home