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Mary T. Bickel March 25, 1926 – Jan. 9, 2013

Published: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

LISLE – Mary T. Bickel (neé Sierzan), 86, of Lisle, formerly of Oldsmar, Fla., Sterling, and Elkhart, Ind., died at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at her apartment with hospice care at The Devonshire of Lisle. 

She was born March 25, 1926, in Detroit, to William and Carrie Sierzan. She graduated from Constantine High School in Michigan. She was married to the “love of her life,” C. Robert “Bob” Bickel, on Aug. 12, 1946. They celebrated 60 years of marriage before his passing on Aug. 26, 2006.

She was employed by C.G. Conn and Selmer Instrument manufacturers in Elkhart, Ind., before her marriage. She moved to Sterling when her husband became the president of First National Bank of Sterling in 1963. They retired together to the Gulf Coast of Florida in 1983, and were members of Light of Christ Catholic Church in Clearwater, Fla., before she moved in 2011 to The Devonshire of Lisle.

She is survived by her children, Jim (Christine) of St. Pete Beach, Fla., Jan of Chicago, Karen “Currier” of Aurora, and her adopted daughter, Martha of Chicago; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her brother, Ted Sierzan; and her sister, Lottie Kline.

Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by the Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m., Friday at McDonough Chapel, on the campus of St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago. Interment will be at Rice Cemetery, 400 James St., Elkhart, Ind., immediately after the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Harbor Light Hospice. Mail them to 800 Roosevelt Road, Building C, Suite 206, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137; or go to

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