Daniel L. Sekel

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Daniel L. Sekel, 78, of Forty Fort, passed from this life early Tuesday morning in the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, following a brief illness.

Born Oct. 18, 1934 in Kingston, he was a son to the late John and Mary (Sabonis) Sekel. Educated in the Kingston schools, he was a member of the 1954 graduating class of the former Kingston High School.

Mr. Sekel was employed as an optician with 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 on June 12, 2012.

Dan is remembered as a loving husband, father and pop-pop to his beloved family. Enjoying the outdoors, he 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, and Sarah, Erik and Neil Massaker; sisters Olga Kozlowski, Edwardsville, and Ellen Marshalla, Pringle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Sekel will be conducted on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. from the North Wilkes-Barre location of the 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 Avenue, Dallas. Relatives and friends may join the Sekel family for visitation and remembrances Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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 online words of comfort, friendship and support, please visit the funeral home's website at
Published in Times Leader on Mar. 28, 2013