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RIORDAN (Pfenninger), Mary Anne Mary Anne Riordan (nee Pfenninger), 89, of Alpharetta, GA passed away in early October after a brief illness. Mary Anne was predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Riordan, a well-known magazine publisher. At the time of her death, she was surrounded by her family: Kathleen Riordan Epstein of Paramus, NJ; Timothy J. Riordan of Alpharetta, GA and Robert E. Riordan Jr. of Stamford, CT and NYC. Known as Mimi, Mary Anne enjoyed her ten grandchildren, Eric M. Epstein, Michael E. Epstein, Emily S. Riordan, Timothy J. Riordan III, Elana C. Riordan, Anna E. Riordan, Alexander M. Epstein, Ethan G. Riordan, Robert J. Riordan and Elizabeth R. Riordan. A graduate of Skidmore College, Mary Anne moved to New York, lived in Greenwich Village and became an art director, designing product packaging for a variety of companies during her career including Russell Stover, Revlon, Yardley and Nestle. Several of her designs are still featured on packaging today. Mary Anne was born in New Haven, CT. During their marriage, she and her husband lived in New York City, Eastchester, NY; Quogue, NY; Miami Beach, FL and Lighthouse Point, FL. Mary Anne was an avid knitter and loved working needlepoint; she discovered a new love of oil and acrylic painting during retirement and was a passionate animal lover especially pugs. In her spare time she enjoyed going to the movies, solving the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle, working out at the Alpharetta YMCA, helping with the YMCA "Knit Wits" group and spending as much time as she could with her children and grandchildren. Some of the highlights of her extensive travel history included leisurely cruises on Savvy Lady; visiting the Galapagos Islands and riding Space Mountain at age 76 in Orlando, FL. Mary Anne will be greatly missed for her extreme generosity, her wealth of knowledge and advice, and her absolute candor. She was much loved.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 15, 2017
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