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Mariann Hedin Hornlein

Mariann Hedin Hornlein was born on March 15, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois and passed away on January 28, 2021 at the age of 84. 

Mariann lived many roles in her lifetime; loving matriarch of the family, a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and loving wife.  She taught high school English and History for 33 years at Burlington County Vocational Technical High School, (BCIT) in New Jersey. Mariann enjoyed life to its fullest; traveling extensively, creating, learning, and celebrating life with her family.   Ultimately, she moved from NJ and settled in Arizona in 2019.

Mariann was active, sharp witted and most of all, caring. In 2005, she completed a comprehensive genealogy that the family will cherish for generations to come.  She was always up for family games, especially cards and loved sailing with her husband, Ed, on their sailboat. Her creativity was apparent in everything she did, including a prolific writer, penning several Star Trek fan-zine editions of Nexus.  After Mariann retired, she rediscovered her talent for painting and had several award-winning art shows. She taught herself to crochet, created unique afghans and intricate dolls. And if that was not enough, she began crocheting with gems.  This was the beginning of her jewelry business which she started at the age of 74.  She made many beautiful delicate pieces she sold at local craft shows and worldwide. Just a few years ago, Mariann even started teaching jewelry making. Throughout her life, Mariann shared her amazing cooking skills and celebrated her Swedish heritage. She avidly followed politics and connected with a wide variety of people on Facebook, trying to teach people how to debate by using facts and to think for themselves.   Not only did Mariann bring joy to her family, friends, and countless acquaintances, but she was truly passionate about life which was felt through her kindness.  

Mariann will be forever remembered in the hearts of those she touched.  She is preceded in death by her spouse Edward Hornlein, Jr.  She is survived by her children Marilee (Timothy) Cardinal, Virginia (Jorge) Morales, Edward III (Helen) Hornlein; her grandchildren James (Jolene) Cardinal, Sarah Bubnis, David Cardinal, Jonathan Bubnis, Leena Hornlein, and Nia Morales; and her great-grandchildren Addison, Blakeley, Hudson, Sawyer and of course her favorite pet companion, Max.

A celebration of Mariann’s life will be held as soon as we are able. 

Mariann loved animals and donated often to The Humane Society. She would be honored if you donated in her name by mail to The Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037 or online at

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