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Mary Ellen Steussy Shanahan, 1937 – 2016

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Mary and Larry undated

My aunt, Mary Ellen Steussy Shanahan, passed away today at the age of 79. She was an English professor, married to Larry Shanahan, another English professor. She had a wit, a tongue, an education and a taste for the good life.

Wedding_1965Her Official Obituary: Mary Steussy Shanahan, born January 30, 1937, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in New Glarus, Wisconsin after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Edwin and Helen Freitag Steussy and was predeceased by two brothers, Robin and Calvin Steussy. Mary is survived by her husband Lawrence Shanahan. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin, attended West High School, and graduated with a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. After she completed her Ph.D., she taught at Nebraska Wesleyan in Lincoln, Nebraska and Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma. After retirement, she taught for more than 10 years at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Mary is survived by a large loving family of cousins, nieces, and nephews and an even larger family of students whose lives were so enriched by Mary’s gift of teaching. Mary’s two passions in life were teaching and beauty and she leaves a rich legacy of each.

Mary married Larry in 1965 in Monticello, Wisconsin at her grandfather’s stately rural home. Larry was her companion and her muse, always present and always devoted, for the past fifty-one years.

I’ve known Aunt Mary all my life. I remember her brief visits to my childhood home in Indiana, as well as our many visits to her in Wisconsin. She introduced me to good cheese, wry conversation and martinis.

She taught me cocktail party banter and etiquette. Her wry sense of humor and education mixed seamlessly. This was also true in her everyday life, as she had a cat named Fitzgerald and a car named Lord Byron. I will miss her.

With Mary’s passing, a generation of Steussy’s have left us. The void they leave behind, Robin, Cal and Mary, is vast and deep.



15th Anniversary

Sunday, February 7th, 2016






Yes, today is our 15th anniversary. The photos above were chosen from an algorithm on Facebook, but I think they are appropriate. And what do we get for this milestone?


A new house! We close escrow on March 14.

Gene Steussy Photographs

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

This is my favorite image of Mom and Dad. They are older, but still in good health and their ever-present good spirits. Taken at their second home at Lake Santee sometime around 1990. More images below the fold.


Safari Park Visit

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Friday was the day that the new owners of our Nightcrest house scheduled their building inspection, window repairs and the like. In order to be out of their way, we went to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for the day. Aunt Helen has been generous giving us passes to the park most of the years we’ve been here in Temecula, and we’ve used them a lot.

Yes, the animals are important, but we have to look at the maps!

We should go there!

Off we go!

You would think that after six years, we would have seen everything. Not so. There is an entire section devoted to native California plant life on a ridge overlooking the park that we’d never been to.

California is not naturally a lush region. Water all needs to be carefully managed, either from the Sierra snowpacks or imported from rivers originating in the Rockies. Native plants are much more like the cartoon cacti seen above.

Off we go!

Oh, and we’ll check out the animals, too. While we’re here.

Camilla’s Kindergarten Graduation

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011


New Bikes

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

As part of moving the Steussy Ranch, we’ve bought new bikes. This is Gabi’s.

This one is mine.

Veronica Formal Photos

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Kite Flying

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Gabi flies the dragon kite

We’ve resurrected an old hobby and started flying kites again. We don’t have to go far — just the cul-de-sac in front of our house. The desert in the inland parts of California heat up in the springtime, making air rise. The cooler air from the ocean is sucked in from the west. Temecula is at a sweet-point between the two, and we have reliable, strong afternoon breezes. Note: Temecula is only about fifteen miles from the coast as the bird flies. Driving will take you an hour due to intervening terrain.

Camilla and the kite

Aaron and the kite


Frère Jacques

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Camilla was singing Frère Jacques with her French class yesterday. I sang the same song in nursery school 44 years ago. See below to figure out which one is Camilla.

Busy, busy

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Just spent a week in San Francisco at the Game Developers’ Conference (GDC). I stayed with Dan, Hongli, Angelina and Carina. And I got to see Jack. It was a great trip!