Mary Ann (Larson) Meenan, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, departed in peace on January 24 at age 97 surrounded by the love of family in Bethesda, Maryland. Mary Ann was predeceased by her much loved husband of forty-eight years, Daniel C. Meenan as well as her parents, Pearl (Kugelman) and Harry Larson, and her sister Harriet Young. She is survived by her five sons, Dan (Linda), John (Marchal), Jim (Patty), Tom and Mike (Ann), as well as nine grandchildren, Maryann Heim (Chris), Michael (Anna), Matt (Emily), Jim (Lauren), Sean (Alexa), Kevin, Annie, Joy and Katie Meenan. In addition, Mary Ann treasured her nine great-grandchildren, Alison Heim, Jack, Maisy, Ryan, Harrison, Ellie, Everett, Griffin and Amelia Meenan, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann was a graduate of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin High School (1937) and Marquette University (1941). Following college she traveled extensively in Mexico before becoming a stewardess for United Airlines, flying until 1947. While working for United she served as part of a small negotiating committee that produced United’s first stewardess contract. She was introduced to her beloved husband Dan, also with United, by a mutual friend who wrote Dan a telegram in 1947, saying: “seems intelligent, suggest you contact.” (The life-long friend never heard the end of that comment.)
Three months later, Dan proposed marriage on Mary Ann’s birthday in 1947 and following their marriage, they moved to New York where he entered the restaurant business with his father. In the early 1950s, Dan returned to United Airlines, moving the family first to Denver and then Chicago where they settled in Glen Ellyn, Illinois in 1953. There Mary Ann and Dan raised their five sons while Mary Ann was active at St. Petronille Church and School, Cub Scouts, the Glen Ellyn Library Board, Glen Oak Country Club and numerous social and charitable groups. In retirement she and Dan split their time between Glen Ellyn and Palm Beach, Florida where again Mary Ann became much involved in St. Edward Church activities as well as volunteering at Good Samaritan Hospital, and was a member of The Beach Club. Mary Ann was also a long time and proud member of United Airlines Clipped Wings, as one of its oldest members.
Mary Ann moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 2003 to be close to family. She spent fifteen years at Riderwood in Silver Spring before moving to Larmax Homes at Bells Mill in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mary Ann's Funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 2 at 10 AM at St. Petronille Church in Glen Ellyn.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Special Olympics Inc. (Special Olympics, Attn: Donor Services, 1133 19th Street NW, Washington DC 20036)