Joanne Flora Steckel Joanne Flora Steckel

Joanne Flora Steckel, 82, of Allentown, passed away on November 12, 2017 in Livonia, Michigan. She was the wife of the late Joseph Steckel. Prior to retirement, Joanne was a home healthcare aide for Personnel Medical Pool. Born in Topton, she was the daughter of the late Newton and Margaret (Issamoyer) Harpel . She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Allentown. During the 1980’s Joanne worked to develop a tenant association in an Allentown neighborhood called Victoria Village. She was an avid fundraiser, everything from bake sales to raffle tickets to raise money for the development of a community garden, children’s holiday parties and weekly senior bingos. She was honored and awarded a statue by the Allentown Human Relations Commission in October 1987 for her volunteer assistance to the tenants of Victoria Village and her undying enthusiasm to help others. She loved to garden, grew tons of vegetables and gave most away to anyone who inquired. Joanne decorated for every holiday, loved to work with silk flowers and made her own arrangements. Polkas or Jitterbug, it would only take a few notes and a willing partner for her to get up and dance.

Survivors: Daughter: Joy L. Hunsicker wife of Gary Nowlin of Allentown, Son: Troy Diehl and his wife Michelle of Westland, MI, Step-Son: Daniel Steckel and his wife Christine of Northampton, Step-Daughter: Irene Boulu of France, Sister: Rosalie Hermany of Kutztown and Lourine Bak of Reading, Grandchildren: Nathan Hunsicker, Nicole Diehl, Steven Diehl, Nicola Boulu, Thomas Boulu, Issabelle Steckel and Great-Grandchildren: Travis Diehl and Riley Diehl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, at 9:30 A.M. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church 1046 W. Cedar St. Allentown. A calling hour will be held on Thursday, from 7 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th Hamilton Sts. Allentown and on Friday, from 8:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. at the church. Interment: Resurrection Cemetery, Allentown.

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