Alma Elizabeth Sickler Skopic

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Alma Elizabeth Sickler Skopic, 89, wife of Joseph Skopic, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, while a patient at The Gardens at Orangeville.

Joe and Alma would have been married 69 years on Sept. 22, 2018. Alma was born in Orange, to the late Clyde and Virgie Sickler on Feb. 18, 1929. She spent 63 years living in Hemlock Twp. although her roots were firmly planted in the Wyoming Valley area.

Alma attended schools in Orange, West Wyoming and Wilkes-Barre. She willingly left school in order to help support her widowed mother and five siblings at home.

Education was very important to Alma and she wanted her three daughters to be educated so that they could support themselves if the need arose, a goal she proudly realized. It was then, in her 50s, that Alma received her GED. Alma worked for the Consolidated Cigar Factory in Berwick, until its closing.

Alma was a superb cook and baker. Her farm-to-table meals never included sandwiches. She could start out with nothing and create a fabulous meal, including dessert. She never used a recipe and didn't own a measuring cup or spoon.

She was an accomplished knitting and crocheting and made several heirloom quilts for her family. She kept a spotless home. She always took care of others before herself. Joe and Alma loved to travel and drove to every state, including Alaska and the Florida Keys. Since they couldn't drive to Hawaii, they never visited there.

Joe and Alma met square dancing and later became members of the Susque Country Squares.

In addition, Alma was a past regent for the Bloomsburg Chapter of the Eastern Star, past president of the Hemlock Homemakers and Columbia County Homemakers, past regent of the Miquon Chapter of the DAC, past member of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the DAR, past member of the Mayflower Society, volunteered for the Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary and was the founding queen of the Columbia County Red Roses. Alma a long time member of the Buckhorn United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by three siblings, Robert Sickler, Clyde Sickler and Burton Sickler.

Besides her husband, Alma is survived by three daughters, JoAnn Cheeseman and husband, Chuck, Camp Hill; Nancy Jacobs and husband, Rick, Williamsport; and Jewel Gordner and husband, Bob, Bloomsburg; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Edith Liqua, Georgia; brother, Richard Sickler, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday from Kopicki Funeral Home, 263 Zerbey Ave., Kingston, with her grandson, the Rev. David Jacobs, pastor of the Clinton Baptist Church in Montgomery, officiating.

Interment will be in St. John's Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Pringle. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the service on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made to the activities department at The Gardens at Orangeville c/o Darlia Sponenberg, 200 Berwick Road, Orangeville, PA 17859.
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Published in Citizens' Voice on Sept. 14, 2018