CAYUGA — Muriel L. Hickey, 89, of Cayuga, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse.
Muriel was born in Syracuse on May 2, 1930, the daughter of the late Fred D. and Ermine A. (Fiddler) Lutzy. She received her master’s degree in music performance and elementary education from Syracuse University. Muriel taught at several area schools, including Elbridge, Port Byron, and Union Springs Central School District at Cayuga Elementary. She shared her talents and love of music with many; for 49 years she was the head organist at St. Mary’s Church and taught the piano and organ at her home. Muriel was involved in many musical organizations; she was the past president of Pro-Musica, a member of Auburn Community Players, Seneca Community Players, Geneva Theatre Guild and the American Organ Guild, which presented her with the “Voice of the Organ Award.”
Muriel is survived by her devoted family, her daughters, Joanne Woodman, Pamela Bryan, and Judy Donahue; her beloved grandchildren, Dennis (Christine) Hickey, Traci (Cory) Randall, Phillip “PJ” (Alyssa) Hickey, Steven Short, Charles Short, Jason and Dale Donahue; nephew, Mark Sychtysz; her great-grandchildren, Chelsie, Kara, Hannah, Abby, Devin, Owen, Noah, Cheyenne, Payton, Gavin, Brice, Leah, Kelsey, Steven, Hailey, Jaxson, Gavin, Jeffery, and Tristin; her great-great-granddaughter, Emma; her sister-in-law, Marion Hickey; many nieces and nephews.
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Muriel was predeceased by her husband, Charles; her grandson, Kevin Hickey; her sister, Bonnie Michalec; her son-in-law, John Bryan, and several brothers and sisters-in-law.
Calling hours will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at White Chapel Funeral Home Inc., 197 South St., Auburn. A service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, Cayuga.
Donations in memory of Muriel Hickey may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 15 Clark St., Auburn, NY 13021; Albany Pro Musica, Attn: Director of Development & Donor Relations, 30 Second St., Troy, NY 12180; Willard Chapel, 17 Nelson St., Auburn, NY 13021, or Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, 17 William St., #2, Auburn, NY 13021.