Constance Joyce Stickling
(September 18, 1938 - October 10, 2020)
Connie Stickling, 82, of Golden, CO, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, October 10,
Golden Pond Assisted Living Community after a courageous battle with cancer.
Constance Joyce Flynn was born September 18, 1938 in Escanaba, MI, the daughter of David
and Esther (Belfry) Flynn. She lived on the family farm outside Harris, MI. Later they moved to
the Victoria Hotel in Munising, MI. Connie graduated from William G. Mather High School in
1956. After working at the local paper mill for two years, she attended Michigan Technological
University in Houghton, MI, where she studied mathematics and chemistry.
On September 17, 1960, Connie married Robert (Bob) Stickling of Chicago, IL. They moved to
Los Angeles, CA, where Connie worked as a computer programer for Rocketdyne, the maker of
the Saturn V rocket that took the Apollo capsules to the moon. In 1963, Connie resigned in
order to be mother to her three children. In 1968, they moved to Andalusia, IL, where she
volunteered at school and ran the CCD education for St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. In 1977,
they moved to a farm outside Spragueville, IA. In 1979, Connie took a job as the City Clerk of
Preston, IA, where again she was called upon to use her vast computer knowledge. In 1990,
she and Robert divorced and Connie moved to Rochester, MN. She continued her computer
science career while in Rochester by working for IBM as an assistant instructor, finishing her
bachelors degree in computer science at Winona State University, and finally working for the
Mayo Clinic (1991-2004). At the Mayo Clinic she worked on the team that built a database that
united surgical data for several major hospital programs. She retired in 2004 to Colorado to
spend time with her grandchildren.
In Colorado she lived in Westminster, Superior, and Golden. She volunteered at her
grandchildren’s school, helped with the summer reading program, and helped the school
librarians with their computer system.
She is survived by her daughters Margaret (James) Austin of Superior, CO; Patricia (Jeffrey)
Seinwill, of Barboursville, VA; David (Susan) Stickling of Golden, CO; four grandchildren Brody
and Lily Austin; Henry and Maya Stickling; three sisters Nancy Morrison of Rochester, MN,
Molly (Robert) Zalanskas of Munising, MI, and Colleen Cyrus of Rockford, IL; two brothers
Daniel (Kirsten) Flynn of Munising, MI, and Timothy (Gail) Flynn of Moline, IL, and many nieces
She was preceded in death by her sisters Patricia LaFleur, Geraldine DelBoccio, and Penelope
We are doing a private ceremony for the immediate family on October 16, 2020. Virtual
Service/Memorial will be scheduled at a later date.
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