University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Remembering Mary A. Severinson

Mary A. Severinson

Mary A. Severinson

Mary A. Severinson, retired secretary for the chemistry department, died Friday, Dec. 9, in Grand Forks.  She was 99.

She was born in Reynolds, N.D. in March 1912, and was the oldest of 12 children born to Joe E. and Caroline Adams. Her husband of 70 years, Leonard O. Severinson, preceded her in death. Survivors include her sons Ken (Eileen), Chanhassen, Minn.; Neil (Margaret), Clancy, Mont.; grandchildren Cindy Severinson, Grand Forks, and Scott Severinson, Chaska, Minn.; three great-granddaughters and one great grandson.

Severinson graduated from St. James High School and was an active member of St. Michael’s Church in Grand Forks for over 70 years. She proudly served as secretary of the chemistry department at UND for 25 years, retiring in 1977.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters Loretta Wyman and Agnes Beard and brothers, Romie, Howard and Ardell Adams. Surviving siblings include Agatha Myers, Doris Severinson, Colleen Bohm, Ruth Holweger, as well as Vernon and Eugene Adams, all of Reynolds, Thompson or Grand Forks, N.D.

The family request that memorials be made to the charity of choice.


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