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Donald John Barnickel Sr.

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Donald John Barnickel Sr.

AGE: 86 •

Donald John Barnickel, Sr., 86, passed away at home on Sept. 6, 2013. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. in 1926 to William and Gertrude (Branagan) Barnickel. Don graduated from Dickinson High School in 1944. Heserved as a radio repairman with the Army's Alaskan Communications System during WWII. In 1947, Don married his high school sweetheart, Jane Ferguson. Hereceived a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Management from Newark College of Engineering. He founded Barnickel Engineering Corporation consulting on construction projects around the state. Don served on the Woodbridge Township Planning Board and as President of the Woodbridge Rotary. After moving to Metuchen, where Don and his family lived for 49 years,he served on the Zoning and Planning Boards, and two terms as a Borough Councilman. Don also served on the vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed history, woodworking, dancing, and introducing his grandchildren to classic movies. He had a great sense of humor and a knack for turning a phrase.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 66 years; daughters Jane (Mark) McCarty of Charlottesville, VA; Nancy (George) Scott of Ewing, NJ; son Donald (Joan) Barnickel, Jr. of Flemington, NJ; grandchildren Dustin, Patricia and Casey McCarty, Sonja Stang, Donald III and Jennifer Barnickel; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A "Celebration of Life" will take place on Friday, September 13, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 50 York Street, Lambertville, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the VNA of Mercer County, http://www.vnahomecare.org/ or to the Civil War Trust,http://www.civilwar.org/. The Barnickel family wishes to thank the VNA of Mercer County for their hospice services and Senior Care Management for their assistance and support.



Published in Home News Tribune from Sept. 11 to Sept. 12, 2013
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