Gloria Jean Bickel Schinkal, 68, of Pineville, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2012. She was the daughter of Albert Bickel and Lonie Strait Mitchell, and was born May 14, 1944 in San Angelo, Texas. After earning a Registered Nursing Degree, she worked as an Anesthesiologist Tech on the Open Heart Team at UAMS in Little Rock. Later she operated the gift shop at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock. While working at Safe Zone Signs, she fell in love with the Pineville/Calico Rock Area. After moving to Pineville, she opened the "This and That Shop" in Calico Rock. She was very active in the Pineville and Calico Rock Volunteer Fire Departments. She was a member of Guiding Star Chapter #588, holding many local and state offices. At the time of her death, she was the Mayor of Pineville. She was of the Presbyterian faith and an active member of the Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband of 45 years, David Schinkal.
Survivors include son, Mark Mitchell of Midland, Texas; daughters, Cheri Porter and Tony of Midland, Texas, Kim Mitchusson and Troy of Wynne, and Lisa Harness and Steve of Austin; grandchildren, Mark Mitchell, Jr., Michael Porter, Aaron Porter, Caitlin Porter, Zachary Johnson, Todd Johnson, Mitchell Mitchusson, Amber Patterson, Whitney Harness and Josh Harness; great-grandchildren, Madelyn Porter, Molly Porter, Layla Porter, Caleb Mitchell, Conner Patterson and Ryder Johnson; and a host of other relatives and many good friends.
A funeral was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Calico Rock Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Wayne Wood, Isaac Gray and Tom Campbell officiating. Burial was in Pineville Cemetery.