Jane Marie Stickel

February 25, 1954 - August 21, 2021

Born in New Brunswick, NJ to Irma and Arthur E. Stickel.

Went to St. John’s elementary school and St. Peter’s Catholic Church

As a teenager, Jane was an excellent seamstress making her own clothes, prom dresses and party dresses for others.

Jane was an excellent student and wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps as an engineer.

To accomplish that she switched to New Brunswick High School in Somerset because they offered classes in trigonometry and calculus.  She could have gone to Rutgers University just blocks from her home, but chose Georgia Institute of Technology instead.

She graduated from Georgia Tech in 1976 with a BS in textile engineering and went to work in the small Georgia town, Nashville working the graveyard shift as a manager making polypropylene material.

She moved back to New Jersey working for 3M then transferred to Becton Dickinson headquartered in Franklin Lakes, NJ for several years.

She transferred to Sandy, Utah’s Becton Dickinson’s manufacturing plant on 9400 South and State Street across from the Expo center.  She worked in various managerial manufacturing positions at BD transferring to Regulatory Affairs as the Director responsible for labelling and quality control of all BD Sandy products across the globe.  Jane retired after 27 years in 2015.

Jane met and married Jim MacInnes at BD, Sandy working on a product recall together.  Married by Fr. Davich at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, they were married 29 years.

Jim had two children, Andrew and Katie.  Jane took them under her wing nurturing, guiding and loving them as though they were her own.  They loved her deeply for all the care she gave during their formative adolescent and college years. 

Jane loved water aerobics classes at Alta Canyon Sports Center, walking and gardening.  Red Butte Garden was a favorite spot especially with the Red Butte concert series in the summer months with a glass of wine in her hand.

Jane took up golf relatively late in life, but loved the game and always played her best without getting mad after a bad round.  She always thought the next round would be better.

Jane proudly served for many years on the Board of Directors of Hale Center Theatre and the Utah Golf Foundation.

She loved to travel. Her favorite places were Maui, The Big Island, Southern California, Cabo and working as a volunteer at the PGA’s Tour Championship at East Lake, GA, The Senior Championship in Hualalai, HI where she made many friends.  And many other smaller tournaments including Willowcreek CC and the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Jane leaves behind her husband, Jim, Katie and Andy, her son-in-law Jeff, daughter-in-law Erin and two grandsons, Ian and Mac.

Raised a devout Catholic, Jane always went to Mass and had an especially close relationship with The Blessed Mother.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Irma, Arthur, and a brother Arthur J.

In September 2018, Jane was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer and many lesions in her brain.  She started treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute under the expert care of Dr. Wallace L. Akerley and his staff.  She fought determinedly through many treatment modalities but the relentless cancer finally won out ending her life on Saturday, August 21st, 2021 nearly three years after she was first treated.

We wish to thank Dr. Akerley, Kelly Moynahan, Laura Cannon, Dr. Lindsay Burt, Dr. Randy Jensen and all their nurses, MA’s and everyone who showed loving care to Jane through her journey at Huntsman. There is no finer facility for cancer treatment.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to The Huntsman Cancer Institute in Jane’s name would be appropriate.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 27, 2021 at noon at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 3015 East Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights She will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.