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Marie V. Nickels

November 30, 1921 May 6, 2021
Marie V. Nickels
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Marie V. Nickels, age 99, of River Forest, beloved wife of the late William C. Nickels, loving mother of Robert (Mary Kay), Pamela (Edward) Dieschbourg, Mary (Daniel) Dillon and William (Paula) Nickels; Devoted grandmother of Katy (Richard) Sequeira, Tom, Clare (Andy) Retrum, Julie (Jeff) Wojtowicz, Beth (Conrad) Perez, Mary Pat (Mike) Kwit, Matt (Hannah), and Mike (Gina) Nickels, Lisa Von Roenn, and David, Ryan, and Nick Dieschbourg, Emily (Mike) Gallagher, Lauren (Bill) Ellsworth, and Dan Dillon, Maddie and the late Billy Nickels. Dear sister of the late Don (Shirley) Patke. Fond great-grandmother of 23. A Family-only service will be held at St. Luke Church on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Luke Church (528 Lathrop, River Forest, IL 60305) or Dominican University (7900 Division St., River Forest, IL 60305). Marie graduated from Rosary College (now Dominican University) with a degree in Library Science and became a librarian at Barat College. She travelled the world with her husband (William C. of Replogle Globes). Her four children were always her pride and joy. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Marie Virginia Patke was born in Chicago on November 30, 1921 to Louis and Gertrude Patke.

While growing up on the Northside of Chicago in the Albany Park neighborhood, Marie attended Our Lady of Mercy grammar school, Immaculata High School, and graduated from Rosary College (now Dominican University) with a degree in Library Science.
On January 12, 1946 Marie married her long-time neighborhood sweetheart William C. Nickels. She was a most loving and devoted mother of four. Bob, Pam, Mary and Bill were her total pride and joy in life.

Marie is most remembered for her culinary skills. She was a “wiz” in the kitchen – turning out gourmet meals every night. She delighted searching for the freshest fruits and vegetables while enjoying her summer home in Montague, Michigan.

Marie was a much-loved mother of 4, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 23, as well as loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband (2002) William C. Nickels, president of Replogle Globes, Inc., her brother (2009) Donald J. Patke and her cherished grandson (1996) Billy Nickels.

Marie passed away peacefully in her River Forest home surrounded by her family. Due to current Covid regulations regarding gatherings, a private service was planned at St. Luke Church in River Forest in celebration of Marie’s life.

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Dominican University

7900 W. Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305

St. Luke Church

528 Lathrop Ave.
River Forest, IL 60305
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