Kolene Spicher, 57, passes away

Artist Kolene Spicher, the creative force behind framed art and vintage vinyl floorcloth provider Spicher and Company, passed away on Aug. 16. She was 57.

A naturally talented artist and painter, Spicher had a recognizable style that was all her own, her family said. She co-founded Spicher and Company with her husband Mark in 1992 and designed many of its pieces. The Artwork Factory, a creative team at Spicher and Company, creates graphic artwork for that complements Kolene’s paintings. In addition, she decorated several department stores with her modern abstract paintings, and her designs have been used by major brands in their advertising campaigns, according to the company’s website.

Spicher also created original artwork, much of it inspired by the island of Nantucket, which she sold through Nantucket Country on Nantucket Island and later directly to customers.

“Her gift touched thousands of people,” her family wrote in an obituary. “In her later years she taught herself the passion of pottery. It was amazing to see, as quickly as she created paintings or made pottery it was sold, and she was very proficient and fast! Her spirit and love of life showed through in every piece she created.”

Spicher was born on Nov. 29, 1964, in Carlisle, Penn., to Raymond C. Wickard, Jr. and Barbara (Kingsborough) Wickard. She graduated from the Bethany Christian Academy in Camp Hill, attended the Christ For The Nations Institute on Long Island, which offers Christian ministry training, and the Katharine Gibbs College.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 34 years, Mark C. Spicher; three sons, Thomas Christian Spicher and wife Anna of Hatfield, Penn., William Christian Spicher of Enola, Penn. and Ian Christian Spicher, also of Enola; five sisters, Kathleen (John) Hefelfinger, Kimberly (Paul) Hagenbuch, Kristin Wickard, Kurin (Steve) Shenk and Karen Wickard; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, in the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, 444 Silver Spring Road, Mechanicsburg, Penn., 17050, with Rev. Donald B. Wahlig officiating.  Visitation will begin at 10 a.m.  Burial will be in Letort Cemetery, Claremont Road, Carlisle.

To send condolences to the family please visit http://www.Since1853.com.

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