Mary Ann Lederer
1941 - 2019
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Mary Ann Lederer

- - Mary Ann Lederer was born on the Fourth of July in 1941. Degreed from UC in sociology and community planning, she began her career as a social worker. In the early 1960s, she became active in the civil rights movement, picketing a public swimming pool that denied admission based on race, and participating in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

In 1976, she survived a life-threatening injury that left her paralyzed for life from the waist down. Although not expected to ever be able to live alone again or even live many years, she managed to do both. Rather than surrender to the injury, she intensified her commitment to peace and social justice, and to painting about those issues. Although untrained as an artist, many of her paintings have been exhibited at various public venues and sold in Cincinnati.

Among other things during the years she painted, she worked with the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, the Peaslee Center, and a Cincinnati drop-in center; participated with local anti-war campaigns and with efforts to ban capital punishment; advocated for disability rights; was a leader in the Cincinnati animal rights and vegan community; promoted a healthy, plant-based diet as a path to a more peaceful world; and collected and distributed books to underprivileged children in her own neighborhood.

For many years, her artwork served as banners for almost every peace and justice action in the Cincinnati area. In 1999 Greater Cincinnati Community Shares awarded her the McCrackin Peace and Justice Award to "recognize her outstanding contributions to the community."

Mary Ann passed away April 21, 2019. Predeceased by her parents, Lewis M. and Marjorie Faller Lederer, she is survived by her brother Al (Ann) Lederer, nephew Phil Lederer (Kristen Lee), one great nephew, and many friends who loved her and will sorely miss her. In lieu of flowers, please donate to VeganEarth, 520 Flatt Terrace, Cincinnati, OH 45232. For information about a celebration of her life on Sunday, July 14, please stay tuned to "Mary Ann Lederer Paintings" on Facebook.





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Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on Apr. 27, 2019.
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July 3, 2019
Mary Ann and I got to know each other through Farm Sanctuary some years ago. Immediately I felt we were kindred spirits and was drawn into her beautiful paintings. They depicted a world she wished for; one with harmony, peace, and respect for all creatures sharing our planet. Cruelty did not exist there. I regret losing touch with Mary Ann, but feel so blessed to have known her.
For friends and family members I send my sincere condolences. What a brave and beautiful soul she was Mary Ann will live forever within her brush strokes and in the hearts of all the lives she has touched.
Susan Saladino
July 3, 2019
We are deeply saddened to learn recently of Mary Ann's passing and are grateful to her family for sharing so much about her. She was so caring of others. Her years of support and endeavor with our brother Rolf enabled him to sustain a sense of self-value and community that became essential in his last years of life.
Kenneth Wiegand
Friend
May 25, 2019
Something in my spirit led me to this. I often thought about Mary Ann. She was my patient about 20 years ago as I was transitioning from being an STNA to a nurse. I was her home health aide. She was the first person to expose me to vegan life. Her art interested me. Her love for people, animals, and life in general, were uncompromising. She was kind, yet firm. She made no qualms about what was or wasn't just. I was fortunate to witness and benefit from her kindness, especially towards children. I regret that I didn't keep in touch, and am saddened to have learned of such a great loss. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends. It was a pleasure to have been of service to her. I will keep you all in prayer.
Monique Foster
Acquaintance
April 27, 2019
My sincere condolences & empathy to all of MaryAnn's loved ones. She was the best friend and like a sister to me.
Tracy Durso
April 27, 2019
My sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort strengthen you all during this difficult time. Rom 15:4

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