Dianna Bickel, formerly of Girard, Pa., passed away at her home, in Avondale, Ariz., on Tuesday, April 16th, following a three year fight with breast cancer. Born on June 30th, 1964 in Warren, Pa., Dianna grew up in Girard, but also lived in Florida, Michigan and finally in Arizona, with her husband of over 18 years, Michael Torta. Dianna graduated from Girard High School in 1982, and received her Bachelor's Degree from Penn State University in 1986. Following graduation, Dianna worked as a technical writer for Erie Insurance, until leaving Erie in 1995. Dianna is preceded in death by her father Alan Bickel and grandmother Rosella Monroe. She is survived by her husband Michael Torta, mother Gail Bickel, her sister Denise and five nieces. A memorial service is planned for Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Girard Presbyterian Church, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Jude's Children's Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Apr. 21, 2013