Mary Ann Tema

Mary Ann Tema (Okal)

Friday, August 14th, 1936 - Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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Mary Ann Tema, formerly of Seymour passed away peacefully on April 4, 2020 at Bishop Wicke in Shelton. She was born on August 14, 1936 to Yakim and Anna (Klimkowsky) Okal. Her husband of 60 years, Nicholas Tema, predeceased her earlier this week. She is survived by her three children, Martha Baratta and her husband Anthony; Patricia Weller; and Paul Tema and his wife June. A devoted grandmother, she enjoyed time with her five grandchildren: Lenny, Maria and Nicholas Baratta; and Taylor and Trevor Tema. Learning and teaching were Mary Ann’s passion. She was Seymour High School 1954 Class Salutatorian, graduated from Central Connecticut State Teachers College cum laude, and later went on to earn several Masters and Sixth year degrees. She proudly taught typing and shorthand in Monroe, Ansonia and Trumbull High schools. Later in life, many of her students shared fond memories of the impact Mrs. Tema’s teaching had on their lives.
Mary Ann treasured her family time, took pride in carrying on holiday traditions; joyously attended her children and grandchildren sporting and school events. Her love for nature was evident in the celebration of the first signs of spring by seeing her first robin, knowing names of all trees, watching sunsets, and sunny times at the beach. She was an avid gardener. She was a life-long member of the Girl Scouts, Cub Scout leader, 4-H leader and served on the Seymour Christmas Parade committee. She was also a member of Three Saints Church in Ansonia.
The family would like to extend their deepest appreciation to all the staff at Bishop Wicke for her care. Donations can be made to Seymour Land Trust P.O. Box 366, Seymour, CT 06483 in her memory. She will be loved and missed forever. Memory Eternal. All services are private. The Ralph E. Hull Funeral Home, 161 West Church St., Seymour is entrusted with the arrangements. To share a memory go to
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John O'Toole

Posted at 08:15pm
I was saddened to hear of Mary and Nick's passing. They were two of the sweetest, kind and friendly people I've met. Your family is in my prayers.
John A. O'Toole

Mike Mudry

Posted at 12:15pm
Paul, First I would like to extend my deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom and Dad. Your mother was a sweet, loving and caring person that supported your father all the time. As you are aware, your Dad's classroom was just outside my office. He worked diligently with those students and taught them many skills, especially in woodworking that they will carry on in life. His class and himself built and restored several storerooms for me of which I was extremely grateful. When I first became the A.D., your Dad was the girls basketball coach. Again, his efforts were tireless and enduring to try to make the program as successful as it could be. We still have lasting memories of your father's endeavors, such as the reindeers, Easter baskets and the picnic table. It was always amazing that he made several trips to the cabinet maker in the Industrial Park to come up with the finest wood that would be made into several pieces of exquisite workmanship. I will always remember him and that little red truck driving up to the back parking lot. My sincere best wishes to you and your family in your time of need. Mike Mudry

Pam O’Connor

Posted at 08:28am
Mrs. Tema I will forever miss our 11:00 a.m. chats. Always seeing what goodies I had on my cart. Rest easy friend ❤️
Bishop Wicke

Bo Marzec

Posted at 01:52pm
With caring sympathy in the loss of your mother.
Bo Marzec,

Larry Carpentier

Posted at 09:05am
Sincere condolences on the loss of both your mom and dad.
Larry Carpentier

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