Mary Ann Teigen of Edina, MN passed away March 26, 2014, at age 77. She suffered a massive stroke on March 10 and was hospitalized at Methodist Hospital and received care at N.C. Little Hospice.

She was a loving and caring wife, sister, aunt, dear friend, and a dedicated elementary teacher.

Mary was born on October 7, 1936, in Wheaton, MN. She attended Wheaton public schools, graduating from Wheaton High School in 1954. She was a graduate of Moorhead State College receiving a teaching certificate in 1957 and a bachelor’s degree in 1960. Her first teaching positions during 1957-1962 were in Starbuck, MN and Willmar, MN schools. During the years 1962 to 1970, she was a civilian teacher of American military dependents in schools in Japan, France, Germany, and Alaska. She was an elementary teacher with the Hopkins Public Schools for 25 years from 1970 to 1995, when she retired after 38 years in education.

Mary Ann Ekberg and Donald Teigen were married on August 9, 1980, at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. During retirement she and her husband Donald traveled extensively to Sweden and Norway, England, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Israel, Egypt, Greece and Turkey as well as around the U.S.

Mary was very active in many Mount Olivet Church, community and condo social activities. She loved and cared for children as a dedicated teacher and as a beloved aunt.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Edna (Teske) Ekberg; and one brother, John who died at age 12, and one brother-in-law Leland Teigen.

Survivors include Donald Teigen, her husband of 34 years; one brother, Paul (Carol) Ekberg; sisters-in-law, llene (Leon) Hawkins, Imogene (Merle) Spinks, Marlene (Randall) Weiss, and Geraldine (Ken) Heifort; brothers-in-law, Maynard Teigen, Bernard Teigen, and Raymond Teigen; sister-in-law Margaret Peggy Teigen; many nieces and nephews including special nieces, Kristi (Ekberg) Johnson and DeAnn (Ekberg) O’Connell; grand nieces and grand nephews, cousins, and other relatives and many friends.

The family wishes to thank Methodist Hospital and Little Hospice for the care received.

Please direct memorials to Mount Olivet Lutheran Church or to a church or charity. Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 31. Private interment will be at Glenwood City, WI Cemetery at a later date.