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Mary A. Deegan, 96

Dec 8, 2008

Winnebago — Mary A. Deegan, age 96, of Winnebago, died Nov. 10, 2008, at Parker-Oaks in Winnebago.

Funeral services were held Dec. 5, 2008, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Winnebago. Rev. Mark McNea, Rev. Ed Mountain and Rev. John Traufler officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, St. James. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

She was born Oct. 27, 1912, at Dwight, Ill., the daughter of James Leo and Margaret Louise (Burns) Deegan.

As a child, Mary moved to the Winnebago area. She graduated from Fairmont High School in 1930 and in 1931 from the Fairmont Teacher Training Department. She began a teaching career in rural schools in Blue Earth and Martin counties. After receiving her Bachelors degree from Mankato State 1953, she taught at Redwood Falls and then as a kindergarten teacher in Austin for 24 years. Mary spent her summers in Winnebago living with her close friends, Martha and John Arndt. She retired in 1976 from teaching and moved to Winnebago. Active in her retirement, she spent her boundless energies reading, supporting the Muir Library, Winnebago Museum, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and playing bridge.

She is survived by her four nephews and two nieces, many grand nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother James, sister Louise, nephews James Deegan and Jerome Deegan, and niece Jackie George.

Memorials are preferred to the American Diabetes Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.