Mary K. Bickel

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2001

Kenai resident Mary Bickel died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at her home. She was 58.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Pastor Randy Parshall will officiate at the service.

Mrs. Bickel was born on June 10, 1942, in Rapid City, S. D. She lived in Nebraska until 1968, when she moved to Jetmore, Kan. She resided there until moving to Spearville, Kan., in 1973. She moved to Kenai in 1983.

She received a registered nursing degree in Dodge City, Kan., in 1976. Mrs. Bickel worked as a registered nurse in Kansas and Alaska. In Alaska, she worked in home health care and at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She retired from Heritage Place in 1998.

She was a member of the Lutheran faith. She also worked at the Family History Center in Soldotna.

"Mom was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She had a tough childhood, but she turned it around and gave her family a great gift. She had lots of interests such as quilting, genealogy, photography, camping, reading and playing games. She also loved the outdoors, especially Alaska. Although she had many interests, her family was most important. We could always count on her for any need, big or small. We will miss her very much, but we know that her love, compassion, and genuineness will impact her family for generations to come," the family said.

Mrs. Bickel was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, William and Donald Hauff, and sister, Alma Mead.

Mrs. Bickel is survived by her husband, Dale L. Bickel, of Kenai; sons and daughters-in-law; Doug and Carol Bickel, of Albuquerque, N. M., Greg and Lynda Bickel, of Engelwood, Colo., Jon and Laura Bickel, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; daughter and son-in-law, Stacy and Shane McLeod, of Soldotna; grandchildren, Joshua, Jewelle and Arielle Bickel, Tyler, Amy, and Lyndsey Bickel, Elizabeth and Jacob Bickel, and Sarah and Hannah McLeod; brothers, Lloyd Hauff, of Casper, Wyo., and Harold Hauff, of Fremont, Neb.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Heart Association, 4414 Woodland Park Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98103.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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