BRISTOL — Ruth Elaine Nickel, 71, of Bristol, died July 19 in her home at Whispering Valley addition after extended treatment for cancer, and three months of home visits by personnel at Goshen Home Care and Hospice.
She was born Sept. 16, 1942, in Elkhart to Herbert and Jeanette Marquardt.
She graduated from Elkhart High School in 1960.
She married Beryle (John) Kinsey in 1961. They had three children, Renee, James (Jim) and Amy.
Following a divorce, she married James (Jim) Nickel in 1986.
He survives, along with her daughters, Renee Doty of Elkhart and Amy (Cory) Hunnicut of Philadelphia; a granddaughter, Ivy Hunnicut; and a sister, Shirley Foster of Muncie. Also surviving are four stepchildren, Naomi Greene of Bristol, Kimberly (John) Gallagher of Goshen, Thomas (Stacey) Nickel of Bristol, and Sarah (Tim) Myers of Elkhart; and eight step-grandchildren.
Ruth’s son, Jim Kinsey, died of leukemia in 1991. She was also predeceased by her parents; an infant sister, Marilyn; a sister, Sharon (Harold) Waterman of Wallingford, Conn.; and a brother-in-law, Robert (Shirley) Foster.
A lifelong Lutheran, Ruth was an active member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Goshen, serving as coordinator of its Altar Guild, chairman of its beautification committee and member of its building committee.
Ruth worked in the office of Penske Truck Leasing in Elkhart for 17 years before her retirement in 2008. She enjoyed traveling, especially extended trips to Texas, the Mountain West and to Philadelphia. Her hobbies included cooking, shopping for antiques and home decorating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, and for one hour before the 10 a.m. funeral service Wednesday, July 23, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 18548 C.R. 18, four miles north of Goshen. Burial will follow in Rice Cemetery in Elkhart.
Memorial contributions may be given to the building fund of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Goshen.
An online guestbook can be found at www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com.