Margaret Ann VanSickle

December 01, 1943 ‒ August 27, 2018

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Cardington, Ohio

Margaret A. VanSickle, age 74 of Delaware passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 at Sarah Moore Home.

She was born on December 1, 1943 in Mt. Vernon to the late William E. and Bessie E. (Moore) Burgess. A graduate of Mt. Vernon High School in 1961, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from Capital University, cum laude.

Margaret was an English teacher at Buckeye Valley High School for many years. She also tutored English, participated in the Course of Study program, and served as the organist for MTSO. Her life centered on music, with a passion for playing the piano and organ over the years she also served as the organist for Ashley United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church and Mulberry United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon.

Not one to complain, she was friendly in nature and connected in the community from her many years of teaching. Always willing to lend a helping hand, she was humble and will be remembered for her caring ways.

She is survived by a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law: Roger and Shirley VanSickle of Delaware, Karen Burgess of Mt. Vernon, step sons: John VanSickle of Delaware, Jeff (Sue) VanSickle of Patriot, IN, step-daughter Joyce Myers of Mt. Gilead, several step-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many special friends including: Patricia “Trish” Jones and Datha Myers .

Margaret was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 30 years Duane VanSickle in 1997, brother Donald. M. Burgess, infant sister Mary Ellen, and special friend James Parnell.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr. at W. William St. in Delaware where funeral services will follow at 7:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Davis officiating.  Graveside services will follow 11:00 am Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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  • There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come
    No more clouds in the sky, no more tears to dim the eye.
    All is peace forevermore on that happy golden shore,
    What a day, glorious day that will be.
    What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see,
    And I look upon His face,
    The One who saved me by His grace;
    When He takes me by the hand
    And leads me through the Promised Land,
    What a day, glorious day that will be.

  • We are experiencing mixed feelings. On the one hand, we will miss our friend and colleague, Margaret. On the other hand we rejoice in Margaret’s home going. Margaret always expressed a Christlike spirit and a deep devotion to the music minsistry Christ called her to. There is no doubt her music making will continue in God’s Kingdom.

    On behalf of the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church, we offer our condolences to family and friends.

    May God’s peace sustain you in this time of loss.

    Dave Liles
    Director, Chancel Choir
    First Prestyterian Church
    Mt. Vernon

  • Margaret’s musical gifts enriched our worship at First Presbyterian Church, and we have missed her kind spirit, and beautiful organ and piano talent. May she rest in peace until we meet again.

    In Christ,
    Marilyn and Mead Weil

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Margaret’s family members… Margaret, Duane, and my husband Lyle will have many funny conversations in heaven like the first time we went to the Big Eastern Exposition in Springfield, Mass. and we saw an Ohio FFA jacket ahead of us.. Walking faster we saw the BV name spelled out and when we got in front of the group we found Duane leading them……

  • I have had the joy of being in the same class as Margaret from kindergarten through our senior year at Capital University. I had such admiration for her talents…academically and musically. Margaret did everything better than I and my parents constantly reminded me that I should study and practice like Margaret. Yes, she was amazingly accomplished. Gentle, kind, and witty with her great “one liners” Margaret was a delightful friend.

    Blessed to have known Margaret.

  • I had the privilege of officiating for a wedding at MTSO when Margaret played for us. The couple had family in many directions and wanted to be married on Palm Sunday weekend when it was hard to find a church available, so Margaret helped pull it all together. Sally and Kevin remembered how her beautiful music blessed their wedding. I have also had the privilege to serve with Margaret on the Board for the Disciple Shop in Fulton. She was extremely generous with her time and leadership as treasurer and a tireless worker to help anyone in need from Morrow to Delaware County. She helped congregations connect and blessed local pastors in Course of Study. Margaret’s organ playing at Ashley UMC was a wonderful treat to hear! My husband, Andy Angel has known her much longer than I have and we were happy our lives crossed paths when we were in Cardington.
    Our prayers go out to family and friends! Due to a family wedding we are so sorry we can’t be present for the calling hours and service.

  • Our sympathy to the family. I had Margaret as a teacher for my freshman English class at Buckeye Valley. We also enjoyed her music at church. My parents, Charles and Betty Sheets , would also like to extend their sympathy.

  • Margaret was one of the nicest people I have ever known. I was saddened to learn of her passing from this earth, but happy for her soul. I called upon her frequently to play for funerals. There was non better.

  • John, Joyce, Jeff
    I was really counting on being there this evening but due to unforeseen circumstances it was not ment to be. My heart felt thoughts and prayers be with you guys and the family at this time. Margaret was a very special person in many ways. Everytime I drive by the house I think about the good times and even feel some of the pain from the bad. But there definitely was a lot more good. Miss those days. And the holidays were just as special . I really felt at home. Rip Margret thoughts and prayers to all. Love you guys….