Mary Ann (Stuedemann) Buck, aged 82 of Arlington, passed away Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Oak Terrace in Gaylord with Hospice provided by Ridgeview Medical after a brief battle with pancreatic and liver cancer. There will be a public visitation at the Kolden Funeral Home in Arlington on Tuesday, April 6 from 4-6 pm.
Mary Ann was born on April 19, 1938 in Glencoe, Minnesota, and baptized into the Christian faith on May 8, 1938. She was the first of three daughters of Walter and Lillian Stuedemann. She attended elementary school in Glencoe, graduating from Glencoe High School in 1956. After high school, Mary Ann attending college at Mankato State University in Mankato, MN, earning her degree in Elementary Education and Library Science.
With her degree completed, Mary Ann began a teaching career that would span nearly four decades. She started her career in Hibbing, MN, before moving on to other school districts in Minnetonka and Green Isle, before landing in Gaylord. She was a fixture in the Gaylord school system from 1964-2000, teaching elementary and middle-school students for over three decades.
Early in her teaching career, Mary Ann married Maurice Buck of Arlington on November 9, 1963 and the couple lived in New Rome before moving to the Buck family farm in 1983. They had two daughters, Ann and RaNae.
Mary Ann had a passion for motorcycles and she and Maurice were able to travel both within the United States as well as abroad, visiting such places as New Zealand and Australia. After Maurice passed away in 2009, Mary Ann continued to be an avid traveler, globe-trotting with her family on cruises, taking trips to locations within Central America, Italy, France, Spain, Ireland, Scotland and England. And mostly spending time with her children and grandchildren at their family condo in Naples, FL watching the golfers, taking naps, and going out for lunch, but mostly admiring her favorite orchid tree outside their lanai.
When she found herself in Arlington, Mary Ann was passionate about volunteering and being active with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Arlington. In addition to her time with the church, Mary Ann was an election official in Sibley County, a Kelso Township Board supervisor and a Board member for the St. John’s of New Rome Cemetery.
Mary Ann is survived by her daughters Ann (Tom) Hoen of Maple Grove, Minnesota, RaNae Buck of Arlington, (special friend Brad Harbarth), grandchildren Dylan and Emma Hoen, nieces and nephews, and sister Carol Amorde (Gene). She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Lillian Stuedemann, husband Maurice, sister Myra Briest, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Frank and Lillian Buck.
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