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Mary Ann (Strava) Rutherford

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Mary Ann (Strava) Rutherford Obituary
Mary Ann (Strava) Rutherford passed away Feb. 2, 2013, at Harbor Care Assisted Living in Fairport Harbor.
She was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Thompson.
Survivors are her stepdaughter, Rolanda (Don) Schonauer of Chardon and her stepson, Chris (Mindy) Rutherford of Huntley, Ill.; grandchildren, Scott Johnson, Julie (Johnson) Sas, Bradley Schonauer, Jason Rutherford and Christy Rutherford; great-grandchildren, Ashley, Brady and Rhys; and great-great-grandson, Daniel.
Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Roland (Bucky) Rutherford; and her brother, John Strava.
During her life and career, Mary Ann was sought for advice by the political success seeker and the striving entrepreneur. She was a successful businessperson herself, was heavily involved in the Democratic Party and a trailblazer in many fields and endeavors.
Mary Ann was the founder and owner of Lake Erie School for Cosmetology. She had contracts with more than 20 high school districts to give cosmetology training to their students. All over the world, there are thousands of graduates of her schools. Earlier in her career, she owned a hair salon and jewelry store.
In 1973, she and her husband Roland purchased Garrett's Landing on the Grand River and renamed it Rutherford's Landing. They moved to Grand River, remodeling an old warehouse so they could have quarters upstairs and storage facilities downstairs. In addition, they purchased two liquor stores.
After Roland passed away, she became more involved with the boating work experience. In 1987, she began to rent boats, purchased a vessel and outfitted it as a passenger ship for lake cruises. She then purchased another boat and organized fishing parties for up to 40 people.
Active in the political life of Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, she was the 11th Congressional District Democratic committee person for the five county district in the late 1950s and early 1960s. In 1960, she escorted Jack Kennedy's sister, Eunice Shriver on the campaign tour of Northern Ohio. She was active in the political clubs of Lake and Geauga counties, holding offices with these groups. When the Ohio State Fair Board was revived into the State Fair Commission, she was appointed to the initial board as the first and only woman by then-Gov. Michael DiSalle. She held the term from 1961 to 1963. She received invitations from presidents, governors and ranking office holders from all over the state.
Mary Ann was affiliated with many associations, including National Teachers Association, Cosmetology School Division (director), National Association of Cosmetology Schools, Lake County Development Council (trustee), Grand River Port Authority, Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce (director), Ohio Licensed Beverage Association (public relations chairman), Lake Erie Business College (owner and operator) and Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau (founding group member and vice president).
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 521 Plum St., Fairport Harbor.
Friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home, 667 Mentor Ave., Painesville. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Thompson.
Contributions may be made to Lake County Humane Society, 7564 Tyler Blvd., Mentor, OH 44060.
Published in www.News-Herald.com from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2013
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