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May 17, 2012

Mary Quinn Wieland passed away due to lung cancer on April 29, 2012 at her home in Seattle, WA, surrounded by her family. She was 61.

Mary was born May 26, 1950 in Port Jervis, NY to William and Catherine Quinn. Mary grew up in New Haven, CT, attending St. Francis grade school and then Wilbur Cross High School. She engaged in several community measures such as Project Enough, a neighborhood drug rehabilitation program, and Modern Times, a community newspaper of AIM.

Mary met her husband Dick at the Yale Free University, and they married on February 21, 1970. They moved to Pasadena, CA, where their son Peter was born. Mary pursued what was to be her life-long passion for painting, starting in 1974 at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and then in Knoxville, TN, where she completed her undergraduate Fine Arts degree at the University of Tennessee. In 1984 they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they settled down for the next 25 years, spending time with many wonderful friends. Mary took up a second career as a Library Assistant in the Geology Library/Map Room at Princeton University, where she was president of the staff union for several years. Princeton was an ideal base for visiting her parents and sisters at their summer cabin in Shohola, PA, spending many wonderful days kayaking down the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers.

After she was diagnosed with cancer, Mary and Dick moved to Seattle, WA in 2009 to be close to their son Peter and wife Stephanie and their two young boys. She reveled in her role as an everyday grandmother and enlisted her grandsons’ help in exploring the newly found wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Mary loved probing their minds through conversation, cooking lessons, and walks in the Olympic Sculpture Garden. She was an extraordinary wife, who always saw things that her husband never saw. She shared those insights with him for 42 years. She loved to travel, and together they explored out-of-the-way places all over the world.

Mary is survived by her husband Dick; her son Peter and wife Stephanie; her grandsons Finnian and Devin; her mother Catherine; and her sisters, Cathy and husband Bill, Ellen, Patricia and husband Raymond, and Eileen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A ceremony at sea took place on Saturday, May 5 aboard the Washington State ferry Kaleetan on the Seattle-Bremerton run. A memorial service is planned for later in the year in Shohola, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the lung cancer research fund at the University of Washington at https://www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift, using the search keyword “LUNGON”, including the name of Mary’s doctor (Dr. Keith Eaton) on the comments line.