Marie Virginia Nickels (nee Patke), 99, of River Forest, died peacefully in her River Forest home, surrounded by her family. Born on Nov. 30, 1921 in Chicago to Louis and Gertrude Patke, she grew up on the North Side of Chicago in the Albany Park neighborhood. She attended Our Lady of Mercy Grammar School, Immaculata High School, and Rosary College (now Dominican University), graduating with a degree in Library Science. She became a librarian at Barat College.

On Jan. 12, 1946, she married her longtime neighborhood sweetheart William C. Nickels. She traveled the world with him. Her four children, Bob, Pam, Mary and Bill were her pride and joy, and she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was a “wiz” in the kitchen, turning out gourmet meals every night. She delighted searching for the freshest fruits and vegetables at her summer home in Montague, Michigan.

Marie was the wife of the late William C. Nickels; the mother of Robert (Mary Kay), Pamela (Edward) Dieschbourg, Mary (Daniel) Dillon and William (Paula) Nickels; the 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; sister of the late Don (Shirley) Patke; and great-grandmother of 23.  

Due to current COVID regulations regarding gatherings, a private funeral Mass was held May 11 at St. Luke Church in River Forest, followed by interment at All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Luke Church (528 Lathrop, River Forest 60305) or Dominican University (7900 Division St., River Forest 60305).

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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