Nancy Lee Bickel
Aug 10, 1936 - Jul 14, 2016
Our beloved Nan passed over Thursday morning, July 14, 2016, surrounded by her family as she walked gracefully into the arms of her loving God. We're certain that she was greeted by her husband Harry and many loved ones.
Nancy Lee Sees was born on Aug. 10, 1936, in Sunbury, the daughter of the late Harold G. Sees and Lillian Molyneaux. She married Harry J. Bickel on Aug. 17, 1953, and they shared a wonderful life together until his passing in 1999.
She attended Northumberland schools.
Nancy was a seamstress at ChampHats and retired in 1976 to spend more time with her grandchildren. A few years later she, Harry, and their daughter Joanne started their business, Family Woodworks, which thrived for many years.
She lived her life for her family and cherished every moment spent with her daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and supported us all in every way possible. She could always be counted on at any time of day or night to help when needed and we will forever be grateful to her for her selflessness. Nan had a positive impact on countless people throughout her life, including her daughter's and grandchildren's earliest childhood friends to those she met in her final days on earth. She is remembered by many as kind, sweet, funny, and a true joy to be around. The family appreciates the outpouring of love for her and the memories friends and family have shared with us.
Nan enjoyed her Saturday night dinner and shopping dates with her best friend and aunt, Betty Jane Snyder, as well as her lunch dates with her good friends, "the gang". She had fun taking trips to New York City to see tapings of TV shows and even made an appearance on a few. She also enjoyed her trips to the casinos with her Aunt Jean and Uncle Don Mutschler and her friends from the senior center.
Nan found great joy and comfort in worshipping and singing praise music with her church family at Wesley United Methodist in Selinsgrove as well as attending the Journey of Hope cancer support group meetings each month.
Nancy courageously and tenaciously battled pancreatic cancer for close to four years. She amazed everyone who knew her, including her team of doctors and nurses at Geisinger Medical Center who agreed that she was a true miracle. For much of that time she was able to live nearly symptom-free which was a true blessing to her and her family. She continued to live life abundantly even when she was having a rough day. Rarely would she let anyone know that she was in pain or not feeling well which was one way she loved us. She didn't want to be a burden to anyone and we trust that she understood that we wanted to be a help and support to her, as she was to all of us, and that we took joy in being a blessing to her.
Nancy is the mother to Joanne Carr and her partner Dr. John Skiendzielewski; the grandmother to Jill and Dr. David Bodmer, Justin and Christina Carr, Jackie and Brandon Latsha, and Joe and Rebecca Carr. She is the GREAT grandmother to Kaelyn and Ella Carr, Jordan Slack, and Alyssa and Clayson Latsha. She is the sister to Harold "Brub" and Donna Sees, Kathleen and Mike O'Hare, Louie and Linda Sees, Lois and Jim Smith, Bobby and the late Janie Wittmann, and the late Melvin Wittmann and his partner MaryLee Dymicki. She had many nieces, nephews, and extended family with whom she shared countless memories.
Among the multitude of things we will miss about Nan are her hugs and kisses, witty sense of humor, being with her at her great-grandchildren's events, conversations about life and thinking we could solve the world's problems, the time spent with her relaxing and watching TV, and making new memories. We are comforted to know that Nan is healthy and happy and that we will see her again.
We will be celebrating her life with a viewing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 17, 2016, at Wesley United Methodist Church, 306 Rhoads Avenue, Selinsgrove. The service will be on Monday, July 18, at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Northumberland.
In lieu of flowers, Nancy would be happy to know that donations are being made to the Journey of Hope cancer support group at Wesley United Methodist Church, 306 Rhoads Ave., Selinsgrove PA 17870.
Arrangements are by the Joseph W. Epler Funeral Home, 210 King St., Northumberland.