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Sister Mary Ann Lucke

February 28, 1927 — January 17, 2021


Sister Mary Ann Lucke, 93, of the Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin, Ohio died at 4:52 p.m. Sunday, January 17, 2021, at St. Francis Home, Tiffin.  She was born February 28, 1927, to Ferdinand (Ferd) H. and Martha A. (Ricker) Lucke in Fort Jennings, Ohio.

Survivors included six sisters, Wilma Humpert, Betty Ricker, Josie Mohler, Norma Burgei, Doris Neidert, and Karen Heitmeyer, and a sister-in-law, Ruth Lucke.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Vera Menke and Alice Fischbaugh; three brothers, Elmer Lucke, Donald Lucke, and John Lucke.

Sister Mary Ann began her ministry as an elementary teacher at New Washington, Landeck, Bucyrus, St. Sebastian, Carey, Seneca-Huron, St. Joseph School in Tiffin, Blakeslee, and as teacher and principal at Willard. She was a secondary teacher at Calvert High School in Tiffin. Following her teaching ministry, she served others by caring for the elderly in Glandorf, her parents, and sisters in the infirmary at the motherhouse. She then served as a seamstress at the motherhouse and St. Francis Home. Later, Sister Mary Ann became the coordinator of motherhouse transportation and served as a Minister of Service. At the time of her death, she was serving the congregation as a Minister of Prayer and Presence.

Sister Mary Ann enjoyed the great outdoors where she experienced God’s majesty in places like the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Rockies, the Andes, and the Alps. She enjoyed camping and spending time around the campfire. She spent time working in the raspberry patch, tending to flowers, and caring for the fish pond on our grounds. In her later years, she enjoyed putting puzzles together and tending to Tiger, the cat. Throughout her life, she was a lover of all creation.
We, the Sisters of St. Francis, wish to extend our gratitude to the nursing staff and everyone at St. Francis Home for the wonderful care Sister Mary Ann received during her stay as a resident.

There will be no visitation due to Covid-19.  A private funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021, at St. Francis Convent Chapel, officiated by Reverend Gary Walters. Burial will follow in St. Francis Convent Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe St. Tiffin, Ohio 44883 (419) 447-3113.

All services are private, but will be live-streamed and can be viewed at, or at the funeral home website The burial can be viewed at

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Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Interment following funeral service

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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St. Francis Convent Cemetery

200 Saint Francis Avenue
Tiffin, OH 44883

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