Jean Nichols, age 97, of Greenville, passed away Friday February 26, 2021.
Born on February 25, 1924 in Richland, PA, Jean was the daughter of Herman and Helen Offner. Growing up in nearby Erie, she graduated from Edinboro HS in 1941. She then attended what is now the Pennsylvania University of Indiana in Indiana, PA, where she met the love of her life, Harold (Nick) Nichols. Jean and Harold married in 1945 at Fort Robinson, Nebraska where Harold began his WWII service.
Jean graduated from the University of Indiana in 1945. Upon Harold’s return from Italy following the war, they moved to Philadelphia, PA where he started veterinary school. Jean both served as a secretary and taught business and English courses to high school students during this time. Upon Harold’s graduation from veterinary school in June, 1951, they moved to Greenville to set up veterinary practice, ultimately on Jamestown Rd. Jean was the office manager for this practice until its sale and their retirement in 1990. Harold died in 1997, and Jean moved to The Colonies of St.Paul’s shortly thereafter. She has remained a resident of the St. Paul’s campus since.
Her many hobbies included crafting needlepoint creations, participating in Greenville Coterie Club events, playing the piano, traveling, reading voraciously, attending Greenville Symphony performances, playing competitive bridge and of course, following her Pirates and Steelers.
Jean is survived by her brother, John Offner, sons Ted (Sona) Nichols and Tim (Pamela) Nichols, granddaughter Chelsea (Greg) Nichols and grandson Zack (Tara) Nichols.
A private family celebration of life service will be held. Donations may be made to The Greenville Public Library, 330 Main St., Greenville, PA, 16125 or The Greenville Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 364, Greenville, PA, 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation services, Inc. 366-368 S. Main st. Greenville.