Daniel L. Sekel, 78, of Forty Fort passed from this life early Tuesday morning, March 26, 2013, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital following a brief illness.
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Born Oct. 18, 1934, in Kingston, he was a son to the late John and Mary Sabonis Sekel. Educated in Kingston schools, he was a member of the 1954 graduating class of the former Kingston High School.
Mr. Sekel was employed as an optician by Dr. Brown's Optometrists of Wilkes-Barre for 44 years, retiring in 1999.
He was a member of St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Wilkes-Barre, where he previously served as a congregation elder and was actively involved in planning the annual church picnics in Nuangola for many years.
He and his wife, the former Carol J. Minnick, celebrated 48 years of married life together on June 12, 2012.
He is remembered as a loving husband, father and Pop Pop to his beloved family. Enjoying the outdoors, Dan spent countless hours proudly tending to his garden at home. Over the years, he made a number of friends in his neighborhood during his many walks, and would often be seen talking more than walking.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Sekel, and by sisters, Marie (Mary) Hrivnak, Vilma Beky and Betty Sekel.
Surviving, in addtion to his wife, Carol, at home, are their children, Daniel L. Sekel Jr. and his wife, Gayle, Harding; and Carrie Massaker and her husband, James, Kingston; grandchildren, Danielle and Olivia Sekel, Sarah, Erik and Neil Massaker; sisters, Olga Kozlowski, Edwardsville; and Ellen Marshalla, Pringle; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Mr. Sekel will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday from the North Wilkes-Barre location of John V. Morris Family Funeral Homes Inc., 625 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, followed by services at 10 a.m. in St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gary John Scharrer, pastor, officiating.
Interment with committal will follow in the St. Matthew Lawn section of Fern Knoll Burial Park, Midland Drive, Dallas.
Relatives and friends may join the Sekel family for visitation and remembrances from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorial contributions may be made in Dan's memory to St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, 663 N. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18705.
To send Dan's wife and family words of comfort, friendship and support, please visit johnvmorrisfuneralhomes.com.
Published in Citizens' Voice from Mar. 27 to Mar. 28, 2013