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Mrs. Suzanne Sickler Ohl, age 81, of 5 Oak Hill Lane, Tyrone died Wednesday, January 5, 2005 at 10 a.m. at Altoona Regional Health System Bon Secours Campus.
She was born September 11, 1923 at Hillcrest in Tyrone, the daughter of Harry and Isabel McNelis Sickler and on July 30, 1976 she was married at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, West Orange, NJ to Paul Williamson Ohl who preceded her in death September 24, 1995.
Known as “Suey” she was the mother and grandmother to the seven children of her late sister, Agnes Sickler Glenn, who died in California in 1964: James C. Glenn, Yorktown, VA; Harry Lee Glenn, Gibraltar, MI; Robert J. Glenn, Port St. Lucy, FL; David Sickler Glenn, Webster, NY; Jeanne Glenn Young, Tolland, CT; Kathryn Glenn Pfalzgraf, Tolland, CT; and Kenneth Joseph Glenn, Murrieta, CA; 15 grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard Christopher Sickler, Fort Myers, FL and Harry K. Sickler, Jr, Tyrone and three nephews and five nieces. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Agnes Glenn and Margaret Dotson and one brother, William Sickler.
She was a graduate of Tyrone High School Class of 1941, a graduate of Penn State University with advanced degrees from Columbia and Rutgers Universities. Mrs. Ohl enjoyed a national reputation as a Home Economics and Consumer Science educator. Her list of accomplishments and involvements was long. She was the author of two textbooks, state curriculum guides and numerous professional publications. She cooperated with government and many businesses on consumer and educational projects, the practical application of the metric system and the role of home economics in developing countries. She was listed in “Who’s Who in American Women” and “Leaders in Education”.
She taught for two years in the Tyrone public schools, did extension work in Erie and retired in 1977 after 32 years as Home Economics Supervisor-Teacher in the West Orange, NJ public schools.
Following her return to live in Tyrone, she was founder of the Tyrone Area Historical Society and served as its vice-president. She helped to bridge the past for local people. She was a genealogical researcher and traveled to Ireland and England to learn about her ancestry. She was recognized as “Tyrone’s Beloved Historian” by the Tyrone Area Chamber of Commerce for which she wrote a monthly history column. She was a life member of the American Home Economics Association, the New Jersey Home Economic Association, The National Education Association, the American Association of University Women, the International Federation of Home Economics, the New Jersey Education Association of Retired Teachers, the Penn State Alumnae Association and the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
She was an active member of St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church and Court St. Rita #523 Catholic Daughters of America.
Funeral Mass for Mrs. Ohl will be said Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 10 a.m. at St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church with Father Joseph T. Orr officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Richard H. Searer Funeral Home Inc. on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church, 406 W. 11th Street, Tyrone or to the Tyrone Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 1850, Tyrone.

By Rick