Mary Ann (Ignatz) Steffensmeier of Hopewell Township passed away on June 20, 2020 at the age of 84. Born in Homestead on November 28, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Macko) and John Ignatz. Mary Ann proudly served our country in the US Army from 1954 until 1960 as the rank of SP4. She was also one of the first military women to successfully tandem jump from an aircraft. She went on to do many more successful jumps in her lifetime. She worked for more than 20 years as a dental assistant for the VA in Pittsburgh and continued her career as a dental assistant for Dr. Warren Stoffer until they both retired in 2017. Mary Ann enjoyed reading Jodi Picoult novels, watching golf on television, and going to Eat’n Park with family. She loved watching her grandchildren excel in school and extracurricular activities. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and siblings.
Mary Ann is survived by her children Gary Reid (Lynne), Linda Lydon (John), and Jenny Sheriff (Travis), grandchildren Gary Jr., Ashlee, Christopher, Kyle and Jordan. She is also survived by her siblings John Ignatz (the late Pat), James Ignatz (Marion), Barb Baranak (Paul), and Gary Ignatz (the late Lorraine). She was also an aunt to many. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings Johanna Butler and Thomas Ignatz (Janet).
Visitation will be held at Copeland’s Moon Township on Wednesday June 24 from 3-8 PM where a service will be held at 12:30 PM on Thursday. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary Ann’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105 or stjude.org.
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