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Mabel C. “Mae” NickelNickel

August 11, 1909 – April 12, 2017


Mabel Caroline “Mae” Nickel, age 107, of Toledo, Ohio, passed away peacefully at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in her home.


Friends and family may visit from 11 a.m. until services at 2 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home. Rev. John Schinkel, Chaplain of Wellspring Lutheran Services, will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle.


Mae was born August 11, 1909 in Rocky Ridge, Ohio. She was the twelfth of fourteen children born to the late August and Caroline (Dehring) Schiller. Immigrating to the United States in March of 1867 from Prussia, Mae’s parents settled in the suburban Chicago area. A short time later the family moved to Rocky Ridge, Ohio where Mae grew up helping her father on the farm. In 1931 she worked as a nanny for a furniture maker until she married her late husband, William Nickel, Jr. on Nickel1November 3, 1934 in Oak Harbor, Ohio; sadly, he preceded her in death on June 9, 1987. After their marriage they moved to Toledo, Ohio where Bill was employed. Mae remained a homemaker until Bill’s retirement in 1972 when they built a home on Lake Mitchell in Cadillac, Michigan and retired there. She and Bill enjoyed spending time together mushroom hunting, especially for Morels, and fishing in northern Michigan’s lakes. After Bill’s passing, Mae remained in Cadillac until 1994 when she returned to Toledo where she lived until her passing. Mae was a wonderful woman and will be greatly missed by those who loved her.


Mae leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well as her devoted caregivers for the last twenty three years.


In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 13 siblings: Louis and John, Elsie, Martha, Bertha, Ellie, Anna, Henry, Sylvia, Eddie, Alfred, August and Ruben.


Memorial contributions in her memory can be made to any animal care organization of the donor’s choice.


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2 Responses to Mabel Caroline “Mae” Nickel

  • Beth says:

    I am so sorry for the pain you all are enduring in the loss of your dear loved one. Please find strength & comfort in Gods promise that we will see our loved ones again in a world without suffering…the paradise earth God intended for mankind. A beautiful time when Mrs Nickel will embrace life again to enjoy mushroom hunting & fishing with her dear husband as well as doing all the things she loves with family & friends. John 5:28,29; Revelation 21:3-5; Psalms 37:10,11,29. JW.ORG

  • Sara Kamin says:

    Aunt Mae was a very special Aunt, and she touched a lot of folks over the years. She loved mushroom hunting, and we nieces and the nephews loved eating them. She will be missed. Thank you, Beth for your kind words about Aunt Mae.

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