DELAWARE — Margaret A. VanSickle, 74 of Delaware passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, at Sarah Moore Home.

She was born Dec. 1, 1943, in Mount Vernon to the late William E. and Bessie E. (Moore) Burgess. A graduate of Mount 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 Mount 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 Mount Vernon; step sons, John VanSickle of Delaware, Jeff (Sue) VanSickle of Patriot, Indiana; 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 p.m. with Pastor Mark Davis officiating. Graveside services will follow 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Cemetery.

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

Condolences may be expressed at


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