Velma Mae Sickler, 90, of Thurston Hollow went to her heavenly home on January 17, 2020 surrounded by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years Paul C. Sickler on December 12, 2012.
Born in Windsor, New York on December 26, 1929 she was the daughter of the late James and Gail Thompson Payne.
She was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church, Tunkhannock where she was a past Sunday School teacher, and Christmas Program Coordinator for many years. She loved being with her family. Velma’s many hobbies included collecting dolls, dressing, fixing, and restoring them back to life like art pieces, painting ceramic figurines, and being a seamstress.
Velma found joy in baking and decorating wedding cakes. She will be greatly missed by her loving family who knew her by her beautiful smile.
She was employed as a seamstress by Natona Mills, and Bogars Dress Factory, Tunkhannock she also worked for Greenley’s Rest Home, and Tunkhannock Middle School as an assistant baker.
Velma is survived by her son, Paul James Sickler and wife Beverly of Alabama; daughter, Bonita L. Sickler Musser of Tunkhannock who she resided with in the family homestead for the past seven years; brother, Ronald Payne; sisters, Charlotte Roseman-Walker, and Ruth Ann Rowand; grandchildren, Lisa Marie Burns, Gail Ann Musser, Kristy Jo Lewis; great grandchildren, Miranda Burns, Payton, Johnathan, Liberty Ann, and Kristopher Lewis.
In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her brother Lloyd Payne.
Family and friends are invited to attend Velma’s Funeral Service which will be held on Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 12:00pm from the Pilgrim Holiness Church, 102 West St, Tunkhannock, PA 18657 with Pastor Joel Byer presiding. Interment will follow in South Eaton Cemetery. A viewing will be held on Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00pm at the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, Inc. 73 W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA 18657 and from 11:00am until the time of service at the church on Wednesday.