Rose Ann Hickey, 73, of Saranac Lake, New York died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born in 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Wilmington, Delaware. She was the youngest of the four children of John and Elizabeth (Leszczynski) Hickey.
Rose Ann attended St. Hedwig Elementary and graduated in 1967 from St. Hedwig High School, Wilmington. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware in 1971, and her Master’s in Education at Plattsburgh State University in 1987.
She began her teaching career at St. Elizabeth Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware, where she taught from 1971 to 1976. She moved to Saranac Lake in 1976 and taught at St. Bernard's School and served as principal of St. Agnes School in Lake Placid, retiring in 2014. Rose Ann served as diocesan director of youth ministry for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg from 1985 to 1990. She was a member of the staff of Camp Guggenheim in Saranac Lake and eventually became camp director. Rose Ann made a great impact on the young people who crossed her path. She was a sounding board for many of them, helped nurture them during their teen years and helped them understand and grow in faith.
Her parish activities at St. Bernard's Church included being a member of the folk group, member of Parish Council, Youth Minister and Eucharistic Minister, and she taught Confirmation classes.
She was predeceased by her parents and her three siblings: Sister Veronice (Patricia Hickey, a Felician Sister) and Bernadette Anderson, and her brother John Hickey and his son John Hickey. She is survived by her nephew Matthew Anderson, his wife Jillian and their son August of Trophy Club, Texas. She is also survived by grandnephews Stone Hickey and Daniel Matys and their mother Michelle Odell, of Utica.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake. Burial followed in St. Bernard’s Cemetery in Saranac Lake.
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