Karen Ann Bickel, 72, of Fort Wayne, was called to her eternal home in Heaven on Tuesday March 10, 2020 at Lutheran Life Village at Pine Valley in Fort Wayne surrounded by her family. Karen was born October 10, 1947 in Fort Wayne and received Holy Baptism on October 26, 1947. Karen received her elementary education at Emmanuel Lutheran School (Soest) and was a graduate of New Haven High School. She gave confession of her Christian Faith through confirmation on April 15, 1962. On December 16, 1967, she was joined in marriage with Lloyd Bickel and both were blessed with 52 years together. She had worked in the transportation department at DeKalb Central United School District in Auburn for 30 years, retiring in 2010. She was a member of St. Michael Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne. She is survived by her husband, Lloyd; their marriage was blessed with two daughters: Melissa Bickel (Chad) Reardon and Meikka Bickel (David) Bilos; a son, Jonathan (Angela) Bickel; grandchildren, Elise Reardon (Kyle) Martin, Courtney Reardon, Mitchell Reardon, Mya Reardon, Ella Bickel, Claire Bickel, Audra Bickel, Elaine Bickel, Elijah Bilos and Lucas Bilos; a brother, DeWayne “Butch” Doctor; and a sister, Sharon (Stan) Palmer. She was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel Minnie Roemer; her father, Raymond Henry Doctor; and a sister-in-law, Judy Doctor. Visitation for Karen will be held Friday from 4-8 p.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church 2131 Getz Road Fort Wayne, IN. A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior from 10-11 a.m., also at the church. Pastor Reed Lessing will be officiating. Burial will be held in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery (Soest). Memorial donations may be made to St. Michael Lutheran Church Stephen Ministry or St. John Emmanuel Lutheran School for the Flat Rock Campus playground.
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