Mary Sailer

Obituary of Mary Louise Sailer

Mary Louise Sailer (Driscoll) of West St. Paul, passed away peacefully at her home on January 14, 2022 at the age of 91 with her family at her side. We thank God for such a beautiful lady and for giving us so many years with her. We are comforted knowing she is now enjoying the promise of heaven. Preceded in death by her parents Louise and Ray Driscoll, loving husband of 50 years Ronald Sailer, brothers Ray Driscoll (Monica) and William Driscoll (Jerry Johns). Survived by children Kay Sailer (Deborah Swan), Jean Wildtraut (Arlen Westergren), Ann Hagberg (Ed), Ray Sailer (Sheila), Jackie Sailer; grandchildren Jennifer Stevens (Jeffrey), Lisa Bollinger (Jeff), Natalie Polaschek (Tom), Eddie Hagberg III (Katheryn), Amy Sailer (Tyler Johnson), Ryan Sailer; Great Grandchildren Nicholas, Abby, Reeghan, Carter, Drew, Callan and Eddie IV; and many special family and friends. Mary was born to Ray and Louise on November 9th, 1930 in Hastings, MN. She was very proud to call Hastings her hometown. She met dad, a St Paul city boy, through a friend and they had a long-distance courtship! Mom worked for the Corp of Engineers for a few years until she started her family. She was an amazing mom raising 5 energetic kids. Over the years she navigated several family moves to Philadelphia, PA and Lombard, IL each time finding a way to move the family back to the W St Paul area to be close to family and friends. As a mother she shared her deep faith. She was skilled in the art of diplomacy always making sure we got along. Holidays were full of traditions from baking hundreds of Christmas cookies, to green spaghetti and Irish songs on St Patty's day, and fun family gatherings with any excuse for a party! The grandchildren kept mom going after dad died. They were her pride and joy! They kept her busy and helped to keep her young. In her older years, mom adored the Great Grandkids immensely! I think she rekindled her fond memories of being a mom by holding a tiny, newborn baby. Her motherly instinct was so strong. A simple FaceTime call to visit with mom by any of her grandkids or great grandkids truly made her day. In her final years mom wanted to remain at home. Her family worked together to be sure this would happen. With Jackie living with mom, she bore the heaviest burden and mom was truly grateful. Along mom's journey she taught us about faith. Receiving communion at her home when she was no longer able to attend Mass in person was very important. She knew dad and many family and friends were waiting to welcome her to her "true home" in heaven. She taught us to always be thankful for what we had. And even as she struggled daily with limitations and pain, she always handled what life dished out with grace. What we will remember most about mom is her faith, love of family and friends. She loved to sing. She loved games of any kind, laughter and gatherings. She enjoyed the fun nights of square dancing in the basements of friends' houses, crazy camping trips and vacations, and any opportunity to pull a silly prank on anyone. But above all things, mom was proud to be Irish. It really didn't matter how much - just to be a bit Irish was a blessing! She was lucky to visit Ireland several years back with her daughters, one of her nieces and her brother Bill. That was a priceless gift. So as St Patrick's day approaches lets share a traditional Irish blessing: May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be ever at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. May the rain fall soft upon your fields. And, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand. A private Memorial Mass for the immediate family will be held on Feb 2, 2022 at 11am. Extended family and friends are invited to join us virtually at . Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or Allina Hospice Foundation. A private Memorial Mass for the immediate family will be held on Feb 2, 2022 at 11am. Extended family and friends are invited to join us virtually (more information to come). Memorials preferred to the Alzheimer's Association or Allina Hospice Foundation.
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