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
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
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
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
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.