Mary Gloria Bickel

Jan. 16, 1934 - Nov. 19, 2016

Mary Gloria Bickel, 82, McVeytown, passed away Saturday at Valley View, Belleville.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Mary (Hincherick) and Roy B. Hite.

Surviving are four children: Robert D. Bickel and wife, Sue, of Lewistown, Cindy Bickel of Belleville, Roy A. Bickel and wife, Denise, of McVeytown and Laura A. Heltebridle and husband, Laine, of York; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Catherine Miller of Altoona.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank “Bud” Bickel on May 12, 1992; and a sister, Barbara Deihl.

Gloria was a 1951 graduate of Altoona Catholic High School, and a 1954 graduate of Altoona Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for five years at Altoona Hospital, then later in the operating room of Lewistown Hospital from 1976-92.

She was a member of Pennsylvania Society of Ornithology and Juniata/Mifflin County Quilters Guild. She enjoyed bird-watching at Jack’s Mountain and sewing.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at Calvary Bible Church, 100 Calvary Lane, Lewistown, Pastor Mike Bailey officiating. Arrangements are by Heller-Hoenstine Funeral Homes Inc., Woodlawn, 200 N. Main St., Lewistown.

Memorials in Gloria’s name may be made to Save Our Allegheny Ridges (SOAR., Jack’s Mountain Hawk Watch, care of Darrell Smith, 567 Mile Long Lane, Martinsburg, PA 16662.

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