Mary Ann Henderson

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Mary Ann Henderson, oldest child of Bob and Midge Henderson, was born December 31, 1945, in Mexia, Texas. On December 5, 1970, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she married Thomas L. Hanson (born August 6, 1944, in Nenah, Wisconsin). They had one child: Gwendolyn Alexandra Hanson, born on September 18, 1971, in Great Lakes, Illinois. Mary Ann and Thomas were divorced in 1980 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

On August 2, 1982, in Shreveport, Louisiana, Mary Ann married Mathias “Matt” Aschenbrenner (born June 11, 1945, in Damrath, Austria). Matt had two children from a former marriage: Scott Aschenbrenner, born February 2, 1967, and Jill Aschenbrenner, born June 6, 1969.

Note: Story from 1996 Arthur Jones Family Scrapbook

Mary Ann graduated from Rice University in 1967 and received a masters in teaching theater arts from Indiana University. She taught briefly in Ninah, Wisconsin, in 1971-72. For 24 1/2 years, she taught at Shattuck School (first it was a high school; then a middle school). She taught language arts, worked with academically talented children, and was the drama director.

Matt also taught at Shattuck. They were the first married couple to serve on a teaching team. Matt taught math.

Mary Ann was teacher of the year in 1994 and named an excellent educator by the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth. She was one of 10 teachers in Wisconsin to go in 1996 to an institute for excellent educators in Oak Clair, Wisconsin, where she worked with academically talented children. She also attended a convention for middle school teachers.

In her spare time, she worked as a stagehand, only the second female in the state to be a stagehand. She was a member of IATSE, the stagehands’ union. She worked as a stagehand at 25 Miss Wisconsin pageants!

Matt enjoyed playing golf. His children from a former marriage are Scott Aschenbrenner and Jill Selig. Jill is married to Kevin Selig, and they have a daughter, Alyssa Jean Selig, born July 27, 1993.



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