Joan Kramer Bickel of Ambler, daughter of the late Frank and Frances H Kramer, passed away peacefully at home on September 27, 2020. She is survived by her wonderful husband of 66 years Paul Kenneth Bickel II. She was the mother of Scott Bickel (Juliane) of Ft Washington PA, Mark Bickel (Christina) of Olney MD, Paul Bickel (Maggie) of Harleysville PA, and Sharon Check (Glenn) of Perkasie PA. She was proud of her 13 grandchildren: Todd, Laura, Derrick (Jessica), Brian, Lindsay, Christian, Clare, Anthony, Christopher, Ryan, Glenn, Tyler, and Blair and 2 great grandchildren Ryker and Carson.
Joan completed her nursing education at Chestnut Hill Hospital class of ’52. Upon graduation, she worked at Chestnut Hill Hospital prior to raising her family, then returned to nursing, as her children grew, to work at Ambler Medical Associates for 23 years. She led a life of service as a Sunday School teacher at Trinity Lutheran Church for 40 years, and also as a Cub Scout leader and a Brownie leader for her children’s troops. She was known for her care of others evident not only through her nursing and her love of family and church, but in the many letters of encouragement and condolences she sent to a multitude of people. Her letters were how she stayed close and shared her love with each of her grandchildren, family and the people she held close in her heart.
She passed on her love of gardening and the outdoors to her children and grandchildren whom she loved to babysit.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 235 Summit Avenue, Fort Washington, PA 19034
There will be a private ceremony followed by interment at Whitemarsh Cemetery.
Arrangements by Shaeff-Myers Funeral Home.