Barbara Jean Bicknell, 88, Bunker Hill, WV

WATERTOWN, NY —  Barbara Jean Bicknell, 88, Bunker Hill, WV, died April 3, 2022, at 8 a.m. in her home.

Mrs. Bicknell was born Dec. 28, 1933, in Watertown, NY, the daughter of S. Patrick and Bernice (Harrigan) Shannon. She graduated from Watertown High School and Rochester Institute of Technology.

After graduating from RIT, she worked on staff as production manager and teacher in the school, College of Food Service at RIT.

On Aug. 22, 1959, she married Wesley R. Bicknell in Chaumont, NY. Mr. Bicknell was a veteran student at RIT. After Mr. Bicknell’s graduation in 1961, she was a stay at home mom as they moved to Watertown, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC.

In 1969, Mrs. Bicknell entered the workforce again following her career in food service. After many years in school lunch management, she went to work at the Central Intelligence Agency, Washington, D.C. as manager, Executive Dining Room and then chief of protocol. She retired with the Intelligence Commendation Medal from the CIA in 1990.

She volunteered for the Arthritis Foundation in Frederick, MD, Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, FL, and Hospice of the Panhandle in Martinsburg, WV.

She enjoyed cooking, sewing, embroidering and reading fiction.

Surviving are her husband, Wesley,a son, Patrick, two grandchildren, Katheryn, Pevarnik, Jessica Collins and her husband Zachary and two great -grandchildren, Ella Collins, Brady Collins, of Hedgesville, WV.   A sister in-law Carol Shannon, of Ammissville, VA.

Mrs. Bicknell was predeceased in death by a son, Richard, a daughter, Lynn Marie Pevarnik Senesi, a sister Patricia Lazier, and  a brother James Shannon.

Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.

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Contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Panhandle,122 Waverly CT, Martinsburg, WV 25403 or a charity of one’s choice.