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Amy (Michener) Lengel

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Amy Michener Lengel

November 14, 1969-December 6, 2015. Following an eight year struggle with breast cancer, Amy passed on Sunday, December 6th, at home, with family.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, Amy was the second of four children born to Jack and Bunny Michener. When she was four, the family moved to Westfield, New Jersey, and four years later, they returned to Wilmington.

Athletics were a large part of Amy's youth, in particular swimming, both at the Brandywine YMCA and Silverside Swim Club. She graduated from Brandywine High School where she received the school's highest athletic award, the "B" award, and varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball. She was a co-captain of each team and received all-conference and all-state honors in volleyball.

During her high school and collegiate years, Amy developed a passion for working with youth, as a camp counselor, lifeguard and coach. Amy graduated from Elizabethtown College with a B.S. degree in elementary education. While there, she played volleyball for four years and was a team captain her senior year. She received numerous awards including one as the MAC Northwest League All-Star in 1990. Following graduation, Amy worked as a fifth grade teacher in the Colonial School District where she taught for 8 years.

In 1993, Amy married her high school sweetheart, Eric Lengel. They were married for 22 years. The couple lived in Bear, Delaware, where their twins, Katie and Jason, were born. Amy stopped teaching in order to care for them. In 2001, they moved to Southern Chester County in Pennsylvania - Avon Grove area - where a third child, Justin, was born.

For most of her life, Amy was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. She attended Sunday school, was confirmed there, and participated in youth group. Following their marriage at the same church, she and Eric were the youth group leaders until the birth of their own children.

Amy spent many hours volunteering at her children's schools and, as an avid sports fan, attended and supported her children's sporting events, of which there were many. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother.

Throughout her life and especially during the eight year struggle with breast cancer, Amy demonstrated love, humor, courage, resilience, and bravery, inspiring the community around her. The family wishes to thank all of their friends and family, especially the Avon Grove community, for their unwavering support and love during those tough years.

Amy is survived by her husband, Eric Lengel; their three children, Katie, Jason and Justin, all at home; her parents, Jack and Bunny Michener; her siblings, Beth (Amy), Sarah (JT), and John (Tara); Eric's parents, Quent & Betsy Lengel; his siblings, Dave (Kim) and Bob (Susie); and eleven nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church (1502 West 13th Street, Wilmington, DE 19806) at 11 AM on Wednesday, December 16th. The service will be followed by a light lunch reception. On Monday, December 14th, the family will take visitation at the Christian Life Center (125 Saginaw Road, New London Township, PA 19352), from 5 to 8 PM. Note the location of the memorial service and visitation are different.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Amy's memory may be made to the Amy Lengel Memorial Fund to support the education of her three children

May her memory forever live within our hearts.

Published in The News Journal on Dec. 10, 2015
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