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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Joyce B. Wichert, 74, of Shinglehouse, PA

Joyce B. Wichert
“beloved wife, mother, grandmother, & teacher”

Shinglehouse, PA---Joyce B. Wichert, 74, of Shinglehouse, PA, died unexpectedly in her home on Saturday, October 24, 2009.

Born April 26, 1935 in Sayre, PA, she was a daughter of Shubal and Luella Turner Bowman. On August 24, 1957 in Mansfield, PA, she married William T. “Ted” Wichert, Jr., who survives.

Mrs. Wichert was a graduate of Sayre (PA) High School and a 1957 graduate of Mansfield Teacher’s College, now Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA. After graduation Mrs. Wichert taught First grade at Shinglehouse Elementary School, which later became Oswayo Valley Elementary School. She retired after 34 years on June 5, 1991.

She was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church; a 50 year member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. in Shinglehouse; a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 Ladies Auxiliary; a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees, Potter-Tioga Chapter; a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society for key women educators; and a member of the Mansfield Alumni Association.

Mrs. Wichert loved to travel, play cards, knit, and read. She always kept all of her students in her heart. She would always enquire how her students were doing when visiting with them and their friends. Mrs. Wichert attended the high school graduation for each of the First grade classes she taught. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are two sons, William “Tedd” (Debra) Wichert III and Kent Alan (Lisa) Wichert, both of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren: Amy M. Wichert, Jason M. Wichert, Ryan A. Wichert, Eric W. Wichert, Chelsea N. Wichert, Lindsey R. Wichert, Jacob A. Wichert, Jillian E. Wichert, and Noah R. Wichert; two brothers, Robert W. (Nancy) Bowman of Lewistown, PA and Richard L. (Irene) Bowman of Snellville, GA; a sister, Mary L. Moore of Waverly, NY, GA; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Wichert was predeceased by 2 sisters, Phyllis Emerson and Barbara Westbrook.

Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel P. Grimes, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church and the Rev. Randall W. Headley, pastor of the Port Allegany Area Charge of the United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, PA.

Members of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service on Monday evening at 8:45 p.m. in the funeral home.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Teacher’s Association College Loan Fund, PO Box 610, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.


Bonnie Bachand said...

i am just heartbroken. she was my 1st grade teacher. what a wonderful person she was. she will sadly missed. prayers and thoughts to her family.

Sharon Goss said...

Although I never had the pleasure of having Mrs. Wichert as a teacher, I do know, there was no nicer, sweeter lady lived in this area.
She definitely will be missed especially by her wonderful family who she had so much to be proud of.
From my family to yours, Mr. Wichert, you have our deepest sympathy.

Bonita Minderler Estes said...

I, too, had the pleasure of having Mrs. Wichert for my first grade teacher. She was also my oldest daughters',teacher in first grade,retiring that year. We got her a boston fern for her retirement. Every time I saw her, she was sure to tell me how 'our plant' was doing.
I also had the pleasure of seeing Mrs. and Mr. Wichert on a social level. We played cards and went boating, etc in Cananda.
I have very good memories of Mrs.Wichert, and her family should be proud that she molded and shaped the minds of so many students at Oswayo Valley.
God bless her family and may they have comfort in knowing that so many people loved and respected her as a teacher and a person.

Shirley Ann (SAB) Smith said...

Joyce (Jo)has been a very special friend since we were buds at MSTC. She was in all my classes. Jo was a fun friend and she was game for most anything.
Seven of MSTC's alum met every June for lunch in Horseheads, NY. She kept the flow of laughter always going.
Jo loved her family and was proud of them all.
I will truly miss my dear friend.
Shirley Ann (SAB) Boyce Smith

Anonymous said...

What a tremendous loss for our town. The wichert family is one of the nicest and most respected families we have. Mr. and Mrs. wichert have had a reputation for being great teachers here for decades.My heart goes out to Ted and the entire family,i cant even put into words what kind of rare,quality person she was, we are all really lucky to have had the opportunity to know her.

Sharon Bradley & Family said...

Ted & Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.When we think of Joyce we will remember her warm smile and happy to see you writen all over her face.Think of the love & wonderful memories of how proud she was of all of her grandchildren and family.

nate said...

ted and family
im so sorry to hear about joyce
she was one off a kind,she akways go out of her way to say hi ,i always remeber her and big teddy at the little leauge games ,whan i got done umpire joyce and ted said hi ,she was a great teacher to,im sorry i cant make it home ,im so far away but ted and family you know my love ,tought and pray are with all off you nate