Frances E. Wikel 90, of Waddington passed away Thursday in Burlington, VT surrounded by her family at Fletcher Allen-Medical Care. Friends and relatives are invited to call on Monday from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. at the Phillips Memorial Home Waddington. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at the Phillips Memorial Home, Waddington with Lay Pastor Martha Helmer presiding. Internment will be held at Brookside Cemetery, Waddington following the funeral service.
Frances is survived by three daughters, Frances Ernestine Smith, Darlene Middlemiss and husband Gary of Waddington and Dee Dee Wikel Brubacher and husband Robert of Wappingers Falls, NY; one son, Ernest John Wikel Jr and wife Andrea of Sacramento, CA; one sister, Chick Dietz of Florida; 13 grandchildren, Chuck, Gail, Melissa , A.J., Ryan, Kelly, Jennifer , P.J. Jon , Scott, Sherrie ,Debbie, Cassandra; 19 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Frances was predeceased by her husband, Ernest John Wikel Sr. and father and mother Fred and Ethel May Vickery; a sister Ethel Schwark; daughter Gail Webster Jones and a son Gye Wikel.
Frances graduated valedictorian from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers in 1937. She went on to obtain an Associates degree from Hunter College in New York City. She later married her late husband, Ernest John Wikel Sr., on April 15 1942 in Yonkers. She later was employed as a waitress and bookkeeper at DG’s Country Kitchen in Rensselaer Falls and the University Restaurant in Tampa, Florida where she received the waitress of the year award. She later was employed as a manager of the Rug Center in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. She was also employed as a waitress at the Edge of Town Restaurant in Ogdensburg and the Hilton Inn in Rye, NY.
Frances enjoyed reading, gardening, scrapbooking, cross-stitching and was a whiz on the computer Facebooking with friends and family. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and also belonged to the Senior Citizens of Waddington, where she was a secretary. She also spent time as a Girl Scout Leader of the Troop 321 and as a Brownie leader. She was also a member of TOPS(KOPS) and a fellow member on a bowling team and sewing circle.
Contributions may be made to charity of ones choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.phillipsmemorial.com