Alyce Margaret Sickel

Alyce Margaret Sickel, 81, of Falls City, she passed away on September 6, 2019, in Omaha, NE. She was born October 12, 1937, to Edward and Nellie (Cochran) Vogele, on the Sperry Farm 14 miles northeast of Falls City.

Alyce attended District 49 Meyers Dale School and District 50 Sunny Valley School for grade school, attended Falls City High School her freshman year and graduated from Shubert High School in 1956. She was married to David Sickel on August 26, 1956, at Falls City, they just celebrated 63 years together. They had five loving daughters. Glenda Taft and her husband Ed, Brenda Sue Kennedy and her husband Jerry, Kay Taft and her husband Kevin, Donna O’Grady her husband Charles, and Beth Vonderschmidt and her husband, John. Fourteen grandchildren, Luke, Troy, Clint, and Wes Taft, Lori Kuker and Chad Kennedy. Rebeka, Andrew, and Kyle O’Grady, Justin, Kate, Amanda Seeba, Logan, and Allyson Vonderschmidt. Eighteen Great-Grandchildren, David and Danyelle Kuker, Kyndall and Aniyah Kennedy, Natalie, Madison, and Ethan Taft, Lydia and Henry Taft, Cole, Macy, Bryn, and Cali Taft, Adisen Fischer, Dax, and Cooper Vonderschmidt, Griffin Seeba and Ashton Vonderschmidt. Alyce is also survived by her five sisters, Pauline Legmann, Nellie Bauman, Mid Bauer, Betty Majerus and her husband Raphael, and Violet McTaggert. 

She is proceeded in death by her parents, brothers William “Bill” and August Vogele. Half-brothers, Howard Richey, and Eddie Vogele and half-sisters Helen Melhinch, Grace Vogele, and Gladys Pupkes and many nieces and nephews.

Alyce was a housewife and mother first and foremost. Most of her work was done for the farm, keeping books and helping with day to day operations. She was a cook and waitress at the Fireside Inn, and for a short time worked at the Falls City Creamery. Alyce was active in many organizations and was always willing to help. She was the head of the Richardson County Chapter Red Cross for many years and was able to help many people in need from floods and fires. She was a leader in the United Methodist Women Conference, serving her church for many years and traveling across Nebraska for that organization. She helped with the Bethel Bible School for many years and taught Sunday school. Alyce was the Secretary for the Farm Bureau, Secretary/Treasurer for the Shubert School Alumni, and was also an officer for the Federated Women’s Club. She was a leader of the Grade A 4-H club for over 25 years and served on the 4-H Council. She continued to encourage 4-H members to sew. Alyce was an avid seamstress, quilter and loved to do needlework. She loved to make beautiful things and was very generous with donating her quilts. She made many baby quilts and wedding gifts for family and friends. Alyce also loved to garden and enjoyed the beauty it produced. She enjoyed teaching her daughters and granddaughters the love and passion she had for sewing and all things in the kitchen. Alyce was a sports fan and enjoyed watching her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren play sports and loved being there to cheer them on. Alyce was a wonderful storyteller and loved to sing and tell stories to her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a amazing cook and could make anything. Known for the greatest potato salad, popcorn cakes, and coconut cream pie.

Her funeral will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 10:30 AM at Northridge Church with Pastor Charles Musil officiating. Interment will be in Bethel Zion Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6-8:00 PM at Dorr and Clark Funeral Home.

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