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Mary Ann Mitchell

November 12, 1934 — June 20, 2023

Age: 88

November 12, 1934  –  June 20, 2023

Mary Ann Mitchell, age 88, passed away June 20, 2023, at home on her beloved farm in Albany surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Saint Cloud, Minnesota on November 12, 1934, to Leonard and Eleanor Sauer, Mary grew up in a loving and lively home as the third oldest in a family of eight siblings. She would tell wonderful stories of the adventures she had growing up in Saint Cloud where she attended Cathedral High School and Saint Cloud School of Nursing to become an RN. Mary met Emmett “Pete” Mitchell in Minneapolis in 1956. She took a leap of faith after a short courtship to join him on a new adventure in West Covina, California where they wed and built a life together. Mary and Pete went on to have seven children in California and to create a household on Greenberry Drive that served as a second home for their extended family, children’s friends, neighbors, and many animals. She was a calm and patient presence in the middle of it all. Mary continued to work full-time as a nurse while raising her kids. Her ability to mother her own children and others, provide amazing nursing care, and manage to always find time for vacuuming was astounding.  Although her life in California was fulfilling, Mary continued to hold the hope of returning to her beloved Minnesota. Taking another leap of faith, Mary and Pete purchased a hobby farm in Albany, MN after Pete’s retirement. Mary and Pete loved their farm where they gardened, raised animals, hosted family, and learned about farming through much trial and error. In Albany, Mary returned to her true passion: nursing. She worked as a nurse at Albany Hospital for decades, retiring from nursing at age 63 but continuing to work in the nursing float pool until age 75. She loved her work at Albany Hospital where she would give the doctors a hard time, banter about politics, and provide exceptional care to her patients. Mary was a member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church in Albany and lived her life by the teachings of Christ: love, generosity, simplicity, self-sacrifice, and acceptance. After Mary’s great love, Pete, died of cancer, Mary rebuilt her life in the wake of her sorrow, continuing to work, travel with her family, support her kids’ and grandkids’ activities, grow beautiful flowers, tend to her farm, and most importantly, serve as grandmother extraordinaire to her many grandchildren. She was always there with an ice cream sandwich, a little ditty (what was that song she always hummed?), a comment about their hair, and a no-nonsense and accurate suggestion that they would be “just fine.”Mary’s nurturing was reciprocated in her later years when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and her family and friends rallied around her to provide her with the love and care she showed so many others. Left to honor and remember her love are Mary’s children: Peter Mitchell, Cathy (John Greer) Mitchell, David (Barbara) Mitchell, Jane (Mark) Spohn, Laura (Steve) Stumvoll, Paula (Jamie) van der Hagen, Luke (Lisa) Mitchell, 20 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, siblings John (Margie)Sauer, David (Joyce) Sauer, Kay (Ronald) Brown, Owen (Beverly) Sauer, Rita (Richard)Tester, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett “Pete” Mitchell, her parents Leonard and Eleanor, siblings Jerry, Patricia, and Charles, granddaughter, Mary, and daughters-in-law Charleen and Melissa. The Mitchell family would like to extend its gratitude to our sister Cathy for being a dedicated caregiver for mom throughout her illness, to Pat Luethmers for her special care of our mother, and to Albany Clinic and Centracare Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mary’s name to The Alzheimer’s Association.

Visitation Details

Saturday, July 1, 2023 from 9-11 AM at Seven Dolors Catholic Church

Visitation Location

Albany, Minnesota

Service Details

The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Mary Ann Mitchell, will be on Saturday, July 1, 2023 at 11 AM at Seven Dolors Catholic Church

Service Location

Albany, Minnesota

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