DIANA “DIANE” LYNN (BICKEL) MITCHELL, of Jasonville was born March 15, 1956, to Donald and Lucy Bickel in Linton, Indiana, the second of their seven children; she passed away Friday, September 15, 2023, in Jasonville, Indiana, of complications due to cancer.
Diane fought a courageous and characteristically witty battle since her 2020 terminal diagnosis, defying the initial prognosis by more than two and-a-half years.
She was a Steelworker’s Union shop steward during her time at Novelis Corporation and International Paper and was a long-time champion of worker’s rights. She worked at a variety of other manufacturing facilities in and around the Terre Haute area including Columbia House/Sony, Weston Paper and Great Dane. After retiring from Novelis, she enjoyed spending time with her family, mushroom hunting, serving as head chef for family fish fries, feeding fish, road trips with special people and having a weekly pizzaburger from Miller’s IGA in Clay City.
She is survived by four sisters and their families, Donna Bradbury, Nancy Jones, Debra Strahla (all of Jasonville) and Cheryl Reed (Indianapolis) Teresa and Dale Weaver (Indianapolis) Larry and Shirley Bickel and their family (Freedom) Jim Mahan (Shelburn) Wanda Bickel and her family (Coalmont) and other family members, countless friends, including special friends Nancy Bradbury, Peggy Bradbury (both of Hymera) Nikki Auberry (Linton) Dorothy Eccles (Jasonville) Steve and Rose Cox, Lisa and Don Hixon, and Holly and Scott Miller (all of Jasonville).
She is preceded in death by her husband, Kerry Mitchell, parents Don and Lucy Bickel and brothers Donald and David.
In lieu of flowers, Diane has requested donations to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, 705 Riley Hospital Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Arrangements are entrusted to Michael W. Cox, Cox Funeral Home; 218 South Meridian Street; Jasonville, Indiana. Friends and family are invited to a graveside service at 6 P.M. at the K of P Cemetery in Hymera on Saturday, September 23, 2023.