Memory Eternal! + Martha H. Kickel


Martha H. Kickel, 81, of Donora, Pennsylvania passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Mrs. Kickel was born in Donora on Oct. 8, 1928, a daughter of the late Michael and Nasta Mehan Hanna, and was a lifelong resident of Donora. She was a graduate of Donora High School. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Kickel was employed at the United States Steel, Donora Works, as a mail clerk. She was a well-respected and well-liked bank teller at Mellon Bank in Donora, where she developed positive and friendly working relationships with customers and co-workers. Mrs. Kickel was active in the community as a member of the Forecast Club and Donora Youth Athletic Association Parent Booster Club. She was a faithful member of St. Michael Orthodox Church of Monessen, Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the St. Michael's Ladies Club, a former Sunday School teacher, Parish Council member, and publicity chairperson for the Ladies Club. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Martha enjoyed baking Syrian food, especially Syrian Bread and Kibbee, vacationing in Myrtle Beach, and spending time with her five beautiful grandchildren, who loved their "Grammy" very much. She loved watching her grandchildren participate in sports, music, and dance. Most recently Martha traveled to the Florida Keys with her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, George J. Kickel, with whom she celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 30, 2006; a sister, Mary Mehan; and three brothers, George and Joseph Mehan, and Michael Hanna. She is survived by a son, George M. Kickel and wife, Kimberly, of Erie; a daughter, Cynthia M. Magone and husband, Frank, of Monongahela; and five grandchildren, Michael, Corrine and Christopher Kickel, and Elizabeth and Alexandra Magone. She is also survived by three nieces and a nephew. Mrs. Kickel was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and a caring friend to all who knew her. Friends will be received on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the JAMES A RABE FUNERAL HOME INC., 701 Thompson Ave., Donora (724-379-9020). Trisagion prayers for the departed will be held on Monday, Feb. 1, at 9:15 a.m. in the funeral home followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen with the Rev. Fred Pfeil as celebrant. Interment will follow in Monongahela Cemetery. Trisagion services will be held Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. May her memory be Eternal! Family and friends may view the obituary and offer online condolences at www.rabefuneralhome.com.