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Ethel Rebecca Steckley, 86


February 4, 2006


Ethel Rebecca Steckley, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 3, 2006, at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, James & Ethel Friar, of Mooresburg. 

She was horn April 20, 1919, in Mooresburg, a daughter of the late Joseph W. and Rebecca (Ritter) James, She was married to Donald M. Steckley, Sr., who preceded her in death August 12, 1969.  Ethel was a graduate of Danville Area High School in 1937and of Thompson School of Business, Harrisburg, PA in 1941 

Ethel was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Middletown airport before her marriage to Donald. Although Ethel was not affiliated with any particular church, she was a dedicated believer and follower of Christ. She became an inter-denominational ordained minister in 1976. In former years, Mrs. Steckley was well known in Danville and the surrounding areas for her bible schools for children and for her work with foster children, She loved to travel, and one of the highlights of her life was founding a home mission in Cardiffi Wales with the Reverend Cynthia Martin and her late husband, Erie in the 1970ís. Until quite recently, her lively piano playing for local nursing homes was a monthly event in both Danville and Milton. She held many bible studies in her home, prayer meetings and healing services. 

In recent years, she spent many hours passing out Christian literature on Main Street, Bloomsburg. with her dear friend, Angelita Rivera of Bloomsburg. She was a fervent and devoted prayer warrior, and many people called her on the telephone for spiritual advice and prayer for the difficulties they faced in their lives. She was fond of attending camp meetings, revivals and inter-denominational services all over the country. 

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law: Rebecca and Dennis Hutchinson of Mooresburg, and Ethel and James Friar, of Mooresburg, one son, James D. Steckley of Danville, eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, two sisters, Martha Davis of Mooresburg, and Sarah May of Bloomsburg, two brothers, Thomas James of Danville and Harry James of Millville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Donald, she was preceded in death by her son, Donald M. Steckley, Jr., a grand-daughter, Manda Curry, and two sisters, Florence Stevens and Bertha
Huffard, and two brothers, Lyman James and Orval James.

Friends and family may call from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street, Danville, where the funeral will follow at 11:30 am.  

Burial will be at the Mooresburg Methodist Cemetery, Mooresburg, PA.


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