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In Memory of Mary Ann Stickney


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday August 27, 2021
Guardian Angels Catholic Community Church
8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128

Memorial Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday August 27, 2021
Guardian Angels Catholic Community Church
8260 4th St N, Oakdale, MN 55128


Mary Ann Stickney, also known as “Petie”, age 86, passed away on November 24, 2020 at Oak Meadows in Oakdale, MN. Her funeral & burial service, postponed due to COVID, will be held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Oakdale, MN on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at 11:00 AM. A visitation at 10:00 AM will precede the service and a luncheon at the church will follow. Livestream at www.guardian-angels.org/funeral/ if unable to attend in-person.  

Mary Ann was born on September 20, 1934 in Pierz, MN to parents Peter and Frances (Meyer) Gau. The family moved to St. Paul in 1945. She graduated from St. Agnes Catholic HS, where she met Stephen Stickney. They married in 1955 and together were blessed with seven children. She earned a degree in Theology at the University of St. Thomas in 1983, worked at Assumption Catholic Church, and as chaplain at UofM hospitals. She was a longtime resident of Woodbury, MN and Hudson, WI before moving to assisted living. Mary Ann was preceded in death by beloved husband Stephen; parents; mother-in-law Martha Stickney; siblings Frank, Sylvester “Sy”, Virginia “Ginny”, and Rosemarie “Rosie”. She was survived by children: Christopher (Kate), Andrew (Debra), Steven, Barbara, Martin, James (Kathleen), and David (Sonia); 12 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; siblings Iolene “Io”, Leo, and Ervin; along with many nieces and nephews.

Please join Petie’s family and friends in a celebration of her extraordinary life.

Memorials in Mary Ann’s memory are preferred to Hope for the Journey Home and as donations to your local food shelf.

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    • Dear Stickney Family, & all the Gau family cousins, ….(SORRY to be so late in writing….Somehow, I lost this “notice,” amongst the digital mail..) At any rate, we’re sad to not have Auntie Petie on earth, but quite sure she is stirring up laughter, beyond the veil to eternity! She was my Godmother, also. She took very seriously, – her relationship with God, as well as how to BEST listen to His promptings, in prayer, & then…..how to best serve Him, in others, all around her, wherever there was a need. Her positive approach to life, (no matter what,) was very encouraging! My favourite memories are, of….. when She & Steve visited us in Venezuela! A real adventure for them, I think, & SUCH a fun time! I’m having a month of Masses offered, for Petie, Leo & all their Siblings who have already passed.
      passed. MUCH love to all, with hugs & prayers, mary, john & all the smiths

    • Mary Ann was my neighbor and friend when she lived her winter months in Sun City AZ.
      We shared many pot luck dinners and card games.
      Laughter and good times. Mary Ann was always a kind and generous neigh neighbor and friend.
      Pat Dunham

    • Mary Ann was a bright light. She was a true and loving friend. She was the first one to step forward to help in any situation. For such a small person, she leaves a big void.

    • Auntie Petie was like a second mother to me. She was always supportive and I will miss her hugs and laughter. We had so many good times together as well as cries (some of sorrow and most from laughing). She taught me much about my family history through her stories of her childhood and adult expereinces. She lived her life with zest and embraced all the imperfections in a way that helped me better accept my own. I cherish the time she spent nuturing me and my family. Love to all my Stickney cousins.