Florence Ivean Steele Tickle, 98, passed away peacefully into the arms of her Savior on Saturday December 19, 2020 at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA.
Born November 9, 1922, Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Lyman A Tickle, Sr. in 1993, her parents Ambrose Clarence and Minnie Florence Steele; brothers William, Harry, Harvey; and sister Catherine White.
The consummate loving mother, she is survived by her children to cherish her memory: Edna (Rev. Keith) McCutcheon, Saltsburg, PA; Deborah (Dale) Cunningham, Morgantown, WV; Lyman (Patricia) Tickle Jr. Avonmore, PA; and Ronald E. (Ann A.) Tickle, Arlington, VA. Known as Shee-Shee to her grandchildren and many others, she is survived by five grandchildren: Heather (Nick) Boscaino, Glenside, PA; Bailey Christine (Cameron) Tucker, Morgantown, WV; Blair Elizabeth (Brandon) Burns, Fredericksburg, VA; Morgan Steele Tickle, Arlington, VA and Reilly Alexandra Tickle, Arlington, VA and six great-grandchildren: Sabrina, Nicky and Alex Boscaino; Nico Robert and Rory Steele Tucker and Brooks Alan Burns. She is also survived by sister-in-law Nancy Tickle Black and brother-in-law Jack Tickle in addition to many nephews and nieces.
Florence was the proud President of the Bell Township High School Class of 1941. Until recently, she maintained class reunions with the surviving classmates.
Florence loved everyone and everyone loved her. The Church was a guiding influence in her life at St. James Lutheran Church and later Hebron Lutheran Church. Florence was instrumental in the operation of the Hebron Lutheran Church Thrift Shop where she met many people and was able to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than her. The Thrift Shop was one many church activities that she loved. In addition to the Thrift Shop, she taught Sunday School and Bible School, served on the Church Council and much more. As an active member of her community, Florence also volunteered at the local blood drives and worked election polls.
She was known for her outstanding cooking and baking especially homemade rolls, bread and noodles. Florence was a skilled seamstress who enjoyed making clothes for her daughters and their friends, as well as granddaughters; Halloween costumes and decorations; and whenever she was asked to help.
As was the case with many WWII- era women, Florence worked in the Jeanette rubber factory making gas masks to support war efforts. Florence translated these skills into the ability to repair virtually anything around her home. She also worked at the Kiski Prep School as a Nanny for the Marks Family of the Assistant Headmaster. To this day, Florence’s love of children is recounted through the heartfelt personal stories of so many whose lives she impacted.
Viewing will be at Hebron Lutheran church, 601 Cambria Ave, Avonmore, PA 15618 from 12:30 PM on Tuesday, December 22 until the Service at 1:30 PM officiated by her son-in-law, Rev. Keith McCutcheon. The service will be live-streamed via Zoom at the following Zoom website:
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Interment will follow immediately at St. James Cemetery, Bell Township.
The family suggests donations be made in Florence’s memory to the Hebron Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 589, Avonmore, PA 15618. Please note COVID-19 precautions, including wearing a mask and social distancing must be observed.
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