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Kathleen Veronica Silvers Hinkel, 66, of Danville, passed away after prolonged illnesses on Dec. 19, 2017 at Maria Hall, Danville.
Kathy was born June 11, 1951, in Detroit, Mich., to the late Arnold J. and Regina E. Houlihan Silvers.

She grew up in the Detroit area as well as in Louisville, Ky. In Kentucky, she enjoyed competitive swimming and cherished her six siblings, being a little mother to them.

Kathy wed her husband Charles Luther "Chuck" Hinkel on Oct. 25, 1968 in Louisville. After several years of being a supportive Navy wife and moving around the country often, the couple settled in Chuck's hometown of Danville in 1975. Kathy was a loving homemaker and mother; she loved cooking, baking, crochet, sewing, and keeping a lovely home for her family. She was very fond of her grandchildren and loved making fun activities for them such as her annual Easter egg hunt. Kathy had an unrivaled passion for gardening, especially daylilies, often showcasing her flowerbeds for family and special occasions. Uniquely, Kathy enjoyed monarch butterfly conservation, raising them in her home for many years. Kathy was also an avid fan of Kentucky Wildcats basketball. Illness never kept her from living life to its fullest.

She had previously worked at Geisinger as a receptionist in various departments. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Danville. She was previously active in the tri-county ABATE, Danville Elkettes, and Camp Victory.

Kathy is survived by Chuck, her husband of 49 years; son, Christopher Hinkel and wife Mariana (children Cristian and Carlos) of Rydal, Pa.; daughter, Regina (Hinkel) Wolf and husband Eric (children Maureen and Heath) of Danville; son, Jonathan Hinkel, of Danville; grandchildren, Cody, Zachary, and Colton Hinkel of Eminence, Ky. She is also survived by siblings, Shauna Buchert, Sally Silvers, Greg Silvers, Brian Silvers, Kevin Silvers, and Tim Silvers; and many cousins, nieces and nephews throughout the country. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Charles Luther "Luke" Hinkel III.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, at St. Columba Catholic Church, 342 Iron St., Bloomsburg. A private interment service for immediate family will follow at a later date in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Danville. Services had been delayed following her passing due to Kathy's wishes to help advance medical research with the gift of herself.

Remembrance may be made in the form desired by friends. Flowers are welcome. Contributions may be sent to a charity of your choice. One dear to Kathy's heart was Camp Discovery at Camp Victory in Millville. www.campvictory.org.
Published on February 15, 2018
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