Adda LaVerne (Mickle) Beisel
Adda LaVerne (Mickle) Beisel, aged 89, passed away on February 26th in Humble, Texas. Born in 1929, Adda was the oldest child of Paul Clarence Mickle and Mary Aldine Mickle, proprietors of the General Store in Fishertown, PA. The store demanded much of her parents’ time, so Adda spent many hours with her beloved Aunt and Uncle, Bruce and Lela Imler, musicians who instilled in her a lifelong love of music. Adda played clarinet and piano, and was a founding member of the Fishertown Band.
Love of music brought Adda to the love of her life, when during freshman year band practice at Shellsburg High School, Richard LeMar Beisel “accidentally” tripped her. They were married in 1949, and moved to Columbus Ohio, where Richard pursued his career while Adda devoted herself to raising their son, Richard Jr, who arrived in 1950. A little girl, Nicola (Nicki) was born in 1958.
After many career moves, and successfully raising their children, Adda and Dick retired to Sebring, Florida where they devoted themselves to service in their church and community, indulged their love of travel, and found particular joy singing in the church choir. In 2004, the lure and love of family brought them to Texas, where they spent the rest of their years near their son Rick and his wife, Barbara, their three daughters, Stacey Stidham, Shannon Hennigan and Stephanie Korniewicz, and (eventually) five great grandchildren – Joe and Allie Stidham, Aubrey and Brody Hennigan, and Blakely Korniewicz. Age and illness took their toll, taking Adda’s husband of 66 years in 2015. Still, Adda was her bright and friendly self, serving as Ambassador to new residents in her assisted living facility and making friends until the end of her life.
Adda is survived and mourned by her beloved brother and his wife, James and Sallie Mickle, her nephews Jim, Alan and Paul, her children, grandchildren, and many friends. The family is particularly grateful to the staff of the Fall Creek rehabilitation and nursing home, and especially to Kim Brown, for their loving and attentive care at the end of Adda’s life.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Tim Mock officiating at the Schellsburg Cemetery.
Arrangements by the J. Edward Blackburn Funeral Home.