Patricia Ann Bickel

October 18, 1933April 2, 2018

Patricia Ann Bickel (Burnett), so fittingly and lovingly known as “Patty Ann” to friends and family, passed away in her home on April 2, 2018 in the presence of those who loved her dearly. Patricia was an extraordinary woman and more specifically a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, teacher, and role model to those with whom she crossed paths. Whether she stayed in your life years, months, or even seconds, it can be sure that her presence touched your heart in some way. Patty had a way about her that would fill the room with light, laughter and warmth. Rarely was she the loudest in the room, but always the brightest and most comforting light for those around her—a light that will continue to shine through those lives she has touched.

Patricia was born on October 18, 1933 in Terre Haute, Indiana—a place that always stayed close to her heart. Growing up, Patty didn’t have a traditional family to lean on. Raised by the nuns at St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Vincennes, Indiana, Patty learned to navigate through this world with a compass guided by her devout faith in the Lord. It was here where she found her inner strength, grit and the resilience that shaped her into the courageous and brilliant woman the world was blessed to know. She was awarded a high school scholarship to Oldenburg Academy in Oldenburg, Indiana. During her time at St. Vincent’s and Oldenburg, Patty discovered her love for education and her competitive nature, which resulted in a full scholarship to Marian University, where she majored in English. Her education came first, but Patty always found time to enjoy life. She was a beer drinker, a fashionista, an amazing dancer.

She had a magnetic presence that people gravitated towards—some people never left. Married at the age of 27 to her husband James Bickel, Patty began a family of her own while working as a school teacher—a passion she never let pass.

Patty Ann lived a full and beautiful life characterized by her faith - sewn together with love, strength and beauty. Extraordinary is a word that barely scratches the surface who Patty Ann truly is and will always be. Those who knew her, knew how strong her zest for life was—even in her last days. If she wasn’t dancing with her husband, talking with her granddaughters over their favorite meal, breakfast, you could find her getting lost in an old western film or novel. Her favorite times were those during family vacations, birthdays with each of her special granddaughters, and time with her boys.

Patty is and was a true blessing to this earth. She’s living proof that no matter what circumstances you are born into you can live a wonderful life. Life for her family will be drastically changed but they know that Patty Ann, an angel on Earth, has finally gained her wings. And that is something that will never change.

Preceded in death by her equally as extraordinary brother, Robert Burnett, and four beloved dogs, Suki, Chelsea, Sugar, and Bailey, with whom she is now reunited.

Survived by her beloved husband, James Bickel, two sons, Jimmy (fiancé Tracy) and Matthew (Angi), four granddaughters, Brittni, Sydney, Megan, and Mackenzie Ann, and a string of loved ones from coast to coast.

Visitation will be at Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral Home, 754 US Highway 1, North Palm Beach on Friday, April 13th at 6:30-8:30pm. Celebration of Life will be held at St. Clare Catholic Church, 821 Prosperity Farms Road, North Palm Beach on Saturday April 14th at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Patricia Ann Bickel Scholarship Fund set up to help those with difficult circumstances to attend St Clare Catholic School. Checks can be made to St. Clare Catholic School with a reference to the Patricia Ann Bickel Scholarship Fund in the memo section and mailed to:

Patricia Ann Bickel Scholarship Fund St. Clare Catholic School 821 Prosperity Farms Rd North Palm Beach, FL 33408


  • Patricia Ann Bickel Scholarship Fund


  • Visitation Friday, April 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Jim & Kim Snyder

April 13, 2018

Kim & Jim Snyder

April 13, 2018

Pat (Mrs. B.) was a beloved friend and with a happy and beautiful heart. Jim & Pat Murphy were neighbors of Jim & Pat Bickel in Indianapolis in the mid-'60s. They built a friendship to last a lifetime. The Pats were almost like sisters. While each family moved on they stayed in touch regularly and began getting together annually in South Thomaston, ME in the late '90s. Kim & Jim Snyder joined them there and were privileged to share in the great fun and memories. She affected everyone she met in a positive way. We will miss her so much. Pat & Jim Murphy and Shawn; Kim & Jim Snyder

David Rosenberg

April 12, 2018

As Patty's family physician for the last 10 years I was honored by her trust and friendship. The privilege I had to be a part of her life, to hear her stories, to share in her joys and to try to comfort her ills was truly humbling. Her strength was only over shadowed by her faith and concern for others always before herself. The bond of love that was so apparent with her family made me smile inside and out. I believe that Patty's life will continue to put smiles on many others as the memory of her life influenced so many. In this way Patty will remain alive in all of those who knew her. I thank you Patty for being a part of my life.

Chelsea DeLois

April 12, 2018

The Bickel family and Mrs. B has been a part of my life for as long I as I can remember. I never left a family gathering at the Bickel's without a hug and kiss from Mrs. B. She was always so inviting and loving, with a quiet confidence that could be felt by everyone. Her style was classy and sophisticated, admired by both young and old. A constant example of strength and charisma, she will be truly missed by all of those whose lives she has touched.

Joe & Joann Steranka

April 11, 2018

Every great family has a strong and loving Wife, Mom and Grandmother. Mrs. B was all that and her love and support extended to the friends of her children and grandchildren. Her home was your home. You could put your feet up, relax and feel like you were a member of the family. She had a great ability to listen to opposing points of view and guide us to a shared position; one rooted in respect for each other. Her example lives on in all of us. We will miss you Mrs. B.

Chloe D

April 11, 2018

Growing up, I was lucky enough to have the Bickels as my second family. I have so many memories of birthday parties at Mr. and Mrs. B’s and playing in the big tree in the yard. We also always hung out on holidays and gatherings and Mrs. B was always there to greet me with a hug and kiss. She always had the best advice for me, Chels, Britt, and Syd. Her infectious smile and warm spirit always made me feel so welcomed. I’m so lucky to have had her as an influential part of my child hood and adult life.I’m so happy I saw her a few months ago and will always remember her as her bubbly and stylish self ! You will be so missed!

Pamela Smemo

April 10, 2018

There are way, way, too many wonderful memories! Mrs B was a big part of my growing up yrs. My parents were teaching and 1 day I was crying hysterically at Everglades Elem. My bike had been stolen. Well, Mrs B drove to come and get me and handle the situation. Another memory was when Mrs B banned me from going over to play for 3 days because I ripped Jimmy's shirt during a fight. Mrs B and family along with my family had season tickets for 5yrs. to the Dolphins when they were Great! 17-0 We met them at Miami Airport on the runway coming off of the plane. Lots of great times spent together. Meaningful moments spent as neighbors and friends! True love and real friendship. I am very thankful to still have my memory. Also, very thankful that I got to see Mr&Mrs B 1yr ago. May you rest in peace Mrs B and may God help your family thru all of it. Love Forever, Pammy

Wendy Riley Cort

April 9, 2018

We have some really great memories to hold on to! So glad I got to see Mrs. B and tell her how much I love her and job well done!
You know I am thinking of you all! Love ya xo
The Cort's
Wendy, Adam, Nicole, Bailey and Ryan