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Mary Anne Altman, 83, died April 14, 2014, at St. Joseph Hospital. She was the eldest child born to William C. and Kathryn Muser Altman. Mary Anne grew up in Kansas City and attended St. Peter's Grade School, Hogan High School, St. Mary's University in Leavenworth and Columbia University in NYC where she earned a masters degree in Library Science. She was employed by New York Public Library and worked in several branches - Staten Island Bookmobile, Chinatown - until her retirement. She also served as secretary of Local 1930 Library Union. Mary Anne returned to KC in 1995, bought her first ever piece of real estate and joined Visitation Catholic Church. There she helped serve meals at a soup kitchen, volunteered as a Eucharist Minister, and was active in the Senior Ministry. She was also a member of the Madrid Condo Board. She loved to travel and had several summers in Oqunquit, Mass., with library friends and in the past year had been to Germany, back to New York to see some plays, and to San Diego for a nephew's wedding. Also all of her nieces, nephews, great- nieces and great-nephews benefited from her love of books each Christmas and birthday. Mary Anne is survived by brother, Jim Altman of Seattle, Wash.; sister, Aileen and husband John Richmond of Albany, Mo.; nieces and nephews, Terri Greminger of Prescott, Ariz., Timothy Baron, Wichita, Kan., Christopher Baron, Portland, Ore., Amy Surface, Prairie Village, Kan,, Jamie and B.J. Altman of Seattle, Ben Altman, San Diego, Calif., Kimbrel Altman, New Zealand, Brett Richmond, Fremont, Neb., Brian Richmond, Seattle, and Jay Richmond, Albany. She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Kathy Altman Baron. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, at Visitation Parish, 5141 Main St., Kansas City, MO 64112 followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Private interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Visitation Catholic Church or the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, Mo. Online condolences may be left at www.muehlebachchapel.com Muehlebach Funeral Care. Established and Family Owned Since 1954.
Published in Kansas City Star on Apr. 20, 2014
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