A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Ann Mulligan was celebrated Sept. 25 at Nazareth Living Center in south St. Louis County. Sister Mary Ann died Sept. 16 at Nazareth Living Center. A longtime music educator, she was 95 and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 76 years.
Sister Mary Ann was born, with her twin brother, James Anthony, on Aug. 31, 1924, in Denver to Philip and Mary (Maley) Mulligan. She attended St. Francis de Sales School for 12 years, where she was taught by the sisters. She took piano lessons at the convent, and heard the happiness of the sisters via their laughter and friendliness beyond the door of the music room. After graduating from high school, she decided to enter Sisters of St. Joseph on Sept. 15, 1942, and made her final profession Aug. 15, 1948.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Fontbonne College in 1957, a master’s degree in music education from Duquesne University in 1961, and a doctorate in music education from the University of Colorado in 1973.
Her primary ministry was teaching music, including at the elementary, secondary and college levels, as well as private piano lessons to young people. Her teaching took her to Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Colorado and Georgia. In the Archdiocese of St. Louis, she taught at St. Philip Neri in St. Louis (1945-46), Sts. John and James in Ferguson (1955-57), St. Mary Magdalen in St. Louis (1957-61) and Fontbonne College as chair of the music department (1977-86).
Besides teaching, she worked in the community’s Development Office in St. Louis. She also worked in Denver as a director of music at a parish, private piano teacher and as a library clerk at a public library. She retired in 2012 and moved to Nazareth Living Center the following year. Sister Mary Ann was grateful for her vocation, and she saw how her ministry and prayer life embraced all with whom she came into contact.
She is survived by a sister, Sue Kelly of Independence, Mo. Burial was in Resurrection Cemetery.