Mary Ann Stefanic, 73, an artist, commercial designer, and world traveler, died peacefully on April 6, 2022 after a six month battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mary Ann was born in Steelton, PA. She graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, PA and the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, PA, where she majored in art. This decision developed her aesthetic sensibility and opened the world to her.
Mary Ann spent her junior year abroad studying art and the Italian masters in Florence and Rome, Italy. While living in Italy, she traveled to the former-Yugoslavia to visit and reunite with her Croatian relatives. Over the years, European travel, and stories from her life growing up in Steelton, PA and her travel adventures became central in her life.
In 1973, she followed her personal destiny and moved West from Philadelphia to California's Silicon Valley to pursue her career. Her art and design background immediately opened doors - in public relations, advertising, and creating architectural renditions with various technical companies.
Mary Ann founded Rat Race Graphics and afterwards collaborated with a colleague to form Trygg-Stefanic Associates to expand their advertising, graphics, and PR services to Silicon Valley companies. After selling Trygg-Stefanic, she joined IBM in their Advertising Department where she created and oversaw advertisements and commercials for IBM products that were distributed worldwide. After retiring from IBM, Mary Ann pursued her lifelong passion to work with dogs.
She bought a storefront dog wash and grooming service in Mt. View, CA where she offered not only washing and grooming services, but also obedience training and portrait photography for her four-legged clients. Her dog wash and deep love of animals dovetailed with her hobbies of horse riding and competing in local agility and field trials with each of her beloved sporting dogs.
At retirement, she bought a home in Santa Fe, NM, a place that she always had been taken with and would humorously describe as her 'last stand'. In Santa Fe, she shaped a welcoming gathering place where world-wide, life-long friends came to visit, and, each summer, joined her for celebratory, tail-gate soirées at the Santa Fe Opera. Mary Ann's ebullient and effervescent personality drew and endeared many to her.
She inevitably became both the orchestrator and gravitational center for holiday gatherings and seasonal festivities, where her large and bountiful table was always filled with laughter, great food, spirited beverages, and warm celebration. Wherever she lived, Mary Ann followed her family tradition of passionately being involved in local politics. 'U beskonacnost i dalje, Mary Ann!'
Mary Ann is preceded in death by both parents, William Stefanic, and Barbara Stefanic, her five sporting dog companions, Rebel, Jake I, Jack, Hershey and Jake II, and her two cats, Rosie and Quigley. She is survived by her brother, Mike Stefanic. Donations can be made in Mary Ann's memory to a local humane society.
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