In memory of
Dawn M. Pickel
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In memory of
Dawn M. Pickel
Dawn M. Pickel, 78, of Middletown, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the M.S. Hershey Medical Center. She was born on September 12, 1938 in Royalton, PA and was the seventh child of the late Norman and Edna (Houser) Pickel. In addition to her parents, Dawn was preceded in death by her loving husband, Martin D. Pickel, her daughter, Wendy Hoffman, her son, Timothy Pickel, infant granddaughter, Angela Ginanni, two sisters, Florence Cain and Dorothy Lattuca and two brothers, Norman and Dale Reigle. She is survived by her loving daughters, Marta Mann (Mike) of New Cumberland and Danielle Landis (Bill) of Middletown; son-in-law Frankie Hoffman (Jenn) of Middletown; 13 grandchildren, Julia Priar, Andrea Boyer, Lillian Manges, Jaclyn Lyons, Lester Ginanni III, Amber Harvey, Tiffany Hoffman, Jessica Pickel, Nolan Pickel, Rachael Landis, Hunter Landis, Haden Landis, and Delayni Landis; 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joyce Baker and Betty Hoerner and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Dawn was a 1956 graduate of Middletown High School and retired after 29 years as an employee of the Federal government at the Navy Ships Parts and Control Center in Mechanicsburg, PA, where she was a Freedom of Information Associate. She was an active member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Middletown where she chaired the Share & Care Committee for 10 years and was involved in the Membership Committee, Head Usher, Greeter, Communion for Shut-Ins, Bible Studies, and volunteered regularly at the local Thrift Store. She enjoyed cooking with family, baking for the community, assisting those in hardship, writing witty and insightful poetry, Thomas Kinkade Paintings, word puzzles, and the love of her family. Dawn will be dearly missed and forever remembered for her effortless grace, humble generosity, strong faith, and endless love. A tribute to Dawn's life will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, Pine and Water Sts. Middletown with the Rev. Britt Strohecker officiating. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services Inc., Middletown and from 10:00 AM until the time of services, Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow the funeral services in the Middletown Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Smile Train, , a charity Dawn took great pleasure in supporting to change the lives of those with cleft lip and palate or her church (EUM). Condolence may be sent online at
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