Dorothea Kaye Stickler passed away at her home with her family at her side on December 19, 2021, in Page, Arizona, at the age of 74.
Thea is the second oldest of 10 children, born April 10, 1947, in Rockford, Illinois, to Paul and Myrtle Kocjan. She is survived by her husband Mike; her siblings Paulette, Gerry, Valerie, Gwen, John, Ted, Marla and Teresa; her four children Georgienne, Teresa, Nycole and Michael; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In 1957, Thea moved to Page with her family, where she graduated from Page High School in 1965. After graduating, she attended beauty school in Salt Lake City, Utah, then returned to Page where she worked for a local beauty salon. While living in Page, she met the love of her life, Mike Stickler, and they married in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on September 2, 1967. They began their journey in Flagstaff, then moved to Holbrook, the Grand Canyon, and finally made Page their forever home in 1973. Thea worked at the Desert Lake Motel – owned by her parents – after returning to Page. In 1980, Mike and Thea became partners in the Stickler brothers’ family business, Stix Market, eventually known as Stix Bait & Tackle. For the next 32 years, they dedicated countless hours creating their successful business.
Outside of Stix, Thea enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, whether it be going to sporting events, dance recitals, school events, family trips or simply having them over to the house. She was very devoted to her family. She was known for her serene personality, kind heart, and was always smiling. Thea was loved by the community and was a blessing to all that knew her.
Please join us to celebrate her life on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at Page Elks Lodge, 806 Aqua Ave., Page, Arizona, at 2 p.m.