GOESSEL — Bertha A. Nickel, 89, died on December 26 at Bethesda Home, Goessel.
She was born Bertha Anne Ewert on November 24, 1923, in Hillsboro, to John and Bertha (Wiebe) Ewert. On June 10, 1947, she married Arnold Nickel.
Bertha was a graduate of Bethel College, N. Newton, and received her M.S. from Kansas State University.
She was a Hesston High School teacher for 22 years. Church was very important to her, and at the time of her death she was a member of Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton.
She is survived by daughter, Harriet and husband, John DeLay of Lincoln, NE; sons, Leo and wife, Joanne of Ainsworth, NE, Elton and wife, Denise of Goessel, and Donovan and wife, Jewel, Windsor, CO; a sister, Ruth Harder of N. Newton; sister-in-law, Sid and husband, Calvin Flickinger, Phoenix, AR; six grandchildren, Pamela (Brent) Abrahams, Kevin (Yvette) Nickel, Kenton (Eunice) Nickel, Andrea Nickel, Breanna Nickel and Bethany Nickel; four great-grandchildren, Samuel and Sophia Abrahams and Corynn and Stephan Nickel; and nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Nickel; her parents; and a brother, Daniel.
The committal service will take place at the West Zion Cemetery, Moundridge, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Following the committal, family will be available to greet visitors after 10:15 a.m. at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton, and the celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. A light lunch will follow the service.
Memorial donations will be accepted for Mennonite Central Committee, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, 303 E. Main, Goessel, KS 67053.