Pickenheim, 85, of Danville, Pennsylvania passed away peacefully on Friday,
February 21, 2020 at his home,
surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born
10-17-1934 in Hazleton PA, the son of the late Arthur
W. and Bernice (Drasher) Pickenheim.
Paul was married
for 61 years to the late Janice Schlegel Pickenheim who preceded him in
death July 9, 2019. They were married on April 26, 1958.
from Tamaqua HS Class of 1952, North Carolina State University with Honors
in Forestry Management 1957 and Bloomsburg University English Teaching
Certificate 1966. Paul served as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army from May
1958 to May 1960 at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.
He enjoyed various
careers over the span of his working life, including that of a forest ranger
in the US Forest Service in Butte, Montana, arborist for Bartlett in Darby,
PA, Erie, PA and Rural NH, an English teacher with Lewisburg and Shikellamy
Schools, writer and frame shop owner in Danville, PA.
Paul had a deep interest in history,
particularly that of the Civil War, World Wars,
Native American and Southwest Cultures.
He and Janice both loved Mardi Gras, Cajun
and shared an immense appreciation the Southwest,
making countless trips to visit the various pueblos and immerse themselves
in the culture and beauty.
participating in the authentic Mardi Gras celebration in Mamou, Louisiana
and did so as often as they could.
They ventured to
in Delaware, Tennessee, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois,
New Mexico, Colorado, and Niagara Falls (many times with their grandchildren
in their company)
or would often
take a drive to Old Forge just for a
slice of pizza.
Most of all, Paul and Janice loved to go
on adventures and explore together. From just wandering the countryside,
visiting antique shops, farmer’s & flea markets and investigating any place
that looked interesting.
Paul is survived
by one son, Eric Pickenheim and his wife Ellen of Danville PA and one
daughter, Karen (Pickenheim) Johnston and her husband Brian Johnston of
He is also survived
by four grandchildren: Jade Pickenheim, Ian Pickenheim, Erin Johnston and
Caleigh Johnston and two great granddaughters Quinn and Willow O’Brien, a
sister Cheryl (Pickenheim)Thomas
and brother Ronald Pickenheim, and numerous nieces and
celebration of his life will take place with family, friends and loved
under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 42 West Mahoning Street