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Mary Ahlborn

Mary Anne Ahlborn (McMinds) Highland, IN Mary Anne (McMinds) Ahlborn passed away Sunday, September 2, 2007. She lost her beloved husband of 55 years, Nolan Charles Ahlborn July 3, 2005. Mary Anne was born March 1, 1929 to Peter Jerome and Josephine "Jo" Marie McMinds in Hammond, IN. Nolan and Mary Anne had three children: Rebecca Jo (late Charles) Hendrix, Heidi Anne (Mihail) Sekulovski and David Nolan Ahlborn; "adopted son", Gregory Wilson; four grandchildren: Jason Charles (Tanya) Hendrix, Jenny Lynn (Shawn) Hendrix Brandon, Jordan Nolan Sekulovski and Jonathan Peter Sekulovski; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Patricia McMinds Boyd; and sister-in-law, Virginia McMinds Knight. Preceded in death by her parents, husband, son-in-law, Charles W. Hendrix and brother, Peter Jerome McMinds II. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. at Kuiper Funeral Home, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, IN with Rev. John Snyder officiating. Interment Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Schererville, IN. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Friday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Mary Anne attended Irving and Hammond High Schools where she often had leads in the school plays including the role of "Jo" in "Little Women" and "Mary Mother of Christ" in "The Christmas Play". She won awards for her art work. She attended Indiana University and also studied art with several well-known artists including John T. Templeton. She was an accomplished pianist studying for over 10 years with Amy Dormagen's Conservatory of Music. She later returned to Irving School at the request of Principal E.B. Hayward to be his secretary where she remained for four years. Mary Anne and Nolan were married April 16, 1950 at Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Hammond. She taught Sunday school and played the piano for the children's choir at Pine Street Church and was a member of their Women's Association. As a young mother of children attending Lincoln Elementary School in Highland, she produced the PTA carnivals. Mary Anne made the backdrops and helped design and make the costumes. She later became a substitute art teacher for the Highland school system. Later, Mary Anne became president of the Hammond Mothers Club, sponsored by the Hammond YWCA. She was elected to the Board of Directors and there suggested having an Antiques Club which became very popular and still remains active. She also became president of the club. Mary Anne and Nolan joined both the Hammond and Highland Historical Society and became president of the Highland society. She was well-known for her Christmas decor for her home, The YWCA asked her to present programs of "Use What You Have-Decorations For Your Home". This led to dozens of other organizations request for her programs for years to come. Mary Anne was among the first members of the Highland Jr. Women's Club where she served as a chairman for many events. She was also a member of the Brantwood Home and Garden Club, where she also served as president. Mary Anne was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highland where she taught Bible School and was president of the Women's Association for three years. Memorial donations in Mary Anne's memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 (800) 622-9010.

Published in The Times from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2007
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