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Ethel Van Cuffin Hinkel

December 20, 2003

Ethel Van Cuffin Hinkel, 91, of 717 Bloom Road Danville, PA where she had resided since 1945 died Friday, December 19, 2003 at Grandview Health Home Danville, PA. She was born July 21, 1912 in Philadelphia, PA, the daughter and only child of the late John and Phoebe Ann Jones Cuffin who were both born in Wales and married in the United States.

She attended Philadelphia public schools and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania which she attended on a full four-year academic scholarship. She was a social worker in Philadelphia, PA where she was also an editor. Ethel was married on September 7, 1935, to Charles Luther Hinkel, M.D. In 1945, they moved to Danville, PA where they raised five children. Dr. Hinkel was Chief Radiologist at Geisinger Hospital until his sudden death on December 10, 1956, at forty-six years of age.

Mrs. Hinkel became a teacher in the Danville Junior High School where she taught French, English, and Social Studies for 21 years; she retired in 1978. She then served as a member of the Danville School Board for 14 years (1979-1993). She also represented Danville on the operating committee of the Columbia-Montour Vocational-Technical School Board and held several offices in the Head Start program.

Mrs. Hinkel was a member of the Grove Presbyterian Church since November 23, 1947. She was one of the first women ever to serve as an Elder, a capacity in which she served for 12 years. She also served on the Mission Committee and was co-editor of The Spire, a monthly newsletter.

She was also on the Board of Visitors of the Thomas Beaver Free Library and was the first member selected outside of the family and descendants of Thomas Beaver.

She was a life member of the Montour County Historical Society and a volunteer curator for the Montgomery House Museum. She served on the family self-sufficiency program of the Montour County Housing Authority. She was a member of the Danville Artistsí League, College Womenís Club, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, and the National Welsh-American Foundation.

Mrs. Hinkel enjoyed writing articles for the Danville News and also wrote an article on the history of Montour County which was published in the magazine, PA Heritage (Fall, 1986).

Mrs. Hinkel was active in several health organizations: she was a Board Member of the Susquehanna Valley Lung and Health Association, a member of the Geisinger Medical Auxiliary and a Board member of the Central Pennsylvania Health Systems Association. The Governor of Pennsylvania appointed Mrs. Hinkel to the Health Care Policy Board.

Mrs. Hinkel did a feasibility study for a Geisinger thrift shop and later volunteered as a retail clerk at Abigailís Attic in Danville, PA two mornings a week.  She was a dedicated volunteer at Geisinger Medical Center serving over 2800 hours delivering mail to the patients there.

Mrs. Hinkelís numerous interests and hobbies included walking, dancing (taught tap dancing in college), and playing the piano. She enjoyed golf, tennis, bowling, and hunting. She was a good player at charades, Scrabble and bridge. Mrs. Hinkel enjoyed gardening, cooking, canning and preserving food, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. She was an oil painter who participated in many art exhibits. She was an avid and voracious reader who often read six to ten books in a week. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and was fluent in French.

She is survived by four daughters; Mrs. Jeanne Ditzler, Danville, PA; Mrs. Joan Livziey, Williamsport, PA; Mrs. Phoebe McPherson, Danville, PA; Mrs. Nancie Wagner, Riverside, PA and one son, Charles ďChuckĒ L. Hinkel II of Danville, PA; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:30 AM from the Grove Presbyterian Church, 330 Bloom Street, Danville, PA, with her pastor the Reverend Robert J. Andrews officiating. Burial will be private in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Friends will be received from 9:30 until the time of service in the Great Room at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Beaver Library, 25 East Market Street, Danville, PA; Montgomery House Museum c/o Montour County Historical Society 1 Bloom Street Danville, PA or Abigailís Attic, 295 Mill Street, Danville, PA

Arrangements are under the direction of the Miller-Visneski Funeral Home 10 West Mahoning Street Danville, PA.


















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