Cover photo for Mary Ann Stephan's Obituary

Mary Ann Stephan

January 17, 1931 — April 25, 2020

Mary Ann Stephan

Mary Ann (Cudd) Stephan, 89, went home to the Lord, to sing with the angels, on April 25th, 2020.  This occurred after three years of failing health.  She was born on January 17th, 1931, in East Eden, New York, to Steven and Mary Smigelski.  She was the youngest of ten children.

In May of 1950, Mary Ann married Maurice D. Cudd.  In 1966, they moved to Charlevoix, Michigan, with their three children.  In 1982, her husband Maurice died unexpectantly.  In 1984, Mary Ann married Paul Stephan.  They enjoyed their life together on Dixon Avenue, with her prized Crimson King maple tree and all of their friends.  During her lifetime she was very confident and could easily manage any job, or task required of her.  She was a proud and resourceful homemaker, an excellent cook, baker, school bus driver, waitress, bar tender, and caregiver.  She was honored to be a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at the Charlevoix Community Food Pantry.  She also cherished being a singer and cantor, a treasurer of the altar society, a member of the parish council and a greeter at her beloved parish of St. Mary, in Charlevoix.

In addition to her husband Paul, Mary Ann is survived by her children: Kathryn (David) Dominic, Robert Cudd and Maureen Cunningham (David McCall, partner); stepsons: Stephen Stephan and Scott Stephan; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mary Ann was a faith-filled, fun-loving person; who was very optimistic, uplifting and was noted for adorning her silvery hair with a sunny flower.  While attending to guests at various functions, she was celebrated for keeping them entertained with lively jokes and stories.  She was widely recognized for being honest beyond description for her excellent work-ethic.  Mary Ann loved to meet, befriend and care for new people.  She was noted for her culinary skills, which included savory rum cakes, cookies, awesome soups, home-made Polish kielbasa and many other delightful entrees.

Mary Ann and Paul enjoyed many chartered excursions to various cities and often relished an evening, at a casino.  She was blessed with a long and wonderful life with her two husbands.  She was a happy person who lived her life to the fullest and was totally dedicated to making life interesting and enjoyable, for family and friends.

A funeral mass for Mary Ann will be celebrated by Father Peter Wigton, on Saturday, May 29th at 12:00 noon.  A burial service will be conducted at St. Mary Cemetery, in Charlevoix, immediately following the mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Parish, 1003 Bridge St., Charlevoix, MI 49770.  Arrangements are in the care of the Winchester Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes.  Sign her online guestbook

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