Paula B. Hankel, 76, of Lancaster, passed away suddenly on November 13, 2019 at Lancaster General Hospital. She was the loving wife of Richard Hankel. Paula was born in Wilmington, DE, to Paul and Louise (Della Rocca) Bruno.
Paula received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware. After graduation, she taught in the fields of special education and early childhood development. She also started and taught a pre-kindergarten class for underprivileged children. Later in life, Paula obtained a Paralegal Certification from Widener University and worked as an Estates and Trusts Paralegal at a PA law firm.
Paula was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus church in Lancaster, where she served as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. She was a volunteer at the Mennonite Home since moving to Lancaster. Paula was born and raised in St. Anthony of Padua parish in Wilmington, DE, where her maternal grandfather was a founding member.
Paula’s interests included playing Mah-Jongg, reading, listening to Books on Disc, watching movies, cooking, sewing, and doing craft projects. She sewed nearly 600 dresses for little orphan girls in Haiti and Africa. Paula enjoyed working with the craft group at Woodcrest Villa.
Paula is survived by her husband of 52 years, Richard, and their son, Carl Hankel of Ephrata. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Bonita Jodz of Easton, PA.
Paula was a kind, loving, happy, and generous person, and will be missed by all. She was energetic and intelligent, and was always planning for the future. Paula liked little children and God’s other little creatures.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 558 W. Walnut St. Lancaster, PA 17603 on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Father Metzgar officiating. Friends may greet the family from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Interment will be at a later date at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.
A celebration of Paula’s life will also be held for her friends and neighbors at Woodcrest Villa, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 on Tuesday, November 26 at 10:00 am in the Eagle Commons.
Memorial contributions may be made in Paula’s name to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 1702 E. Highland Ave. Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ, 58016.