Jennie's Story

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Jennie Louise Nicolls Stake, 95, went home into the open arms of her Lord on Friday, June 30, 2017, at Rolling Fields Elder Care in Conneautville, PA, with her loving niece by her side. Jennie was the eleventh (of twelve) and last surviving child of Sylvester E. and Harriet E. Beebe Nicolls. She was born on April 21, 1922, on the family homestead in Spring Township, Crawford County, PA.
Jennie graduated from Conneautville High School in 1940. She married William W. Stake on February 21, 1942, at the Methodist Church in Conneautville. In September 1943, Jennie and Bill's only child, William (Billy) A. Stake was born.
During World War II, Jennie worked at American Viscose and Talon, Inc. while Bill served in the U.S. Army. In 1953, Bill and Jennie became co-owners of the Conneautville Garage (Chevrolet) where Jennie was the bookkeeper. Retiring in 1982, Jennie and Bill eventually moved to Meadville. In 2005 Jennie moved back to her hometown of Conneautville.
Jennie was a member of the Valley United Methodist Church and was active in the 20th Century Sunday School Class. During her lifetime, Jennie volunteered for the Crippled Children's Society, the Civil Air Defense Patrol (1950's), and served on the Board of Directors of the Stone Memorial Library in Conneautville. In the 1960's, Jennie assisted in making the week-long Conneautville Sesquicentennial a success. Jennie was one of the original members of the Stitch and Chatter Club that had met for over 50 years. While living in Meadville, both Jennie and Bill were members of Stone Methodist Church and Jennie was a poll worker during elections.
Jennie and Bill loved playing golf and were members of the Oakland Beach Golf Course and upon their retirement became members of The Meadville Country Club. She participated in many of the annual Oakland Beach Women's Golf Tournaments. Jennie also enjoyed bowling, cross-country skiing, traveling, and playing cards, especially the rowdy family "31" card games. Jennie was an excellent hostess to all who entered her home.
Aunt Jen had a tremendous impact in the lives of her loving nieces and nephews and in her home community of Conneautville. She will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of being in her life circle.
Deceased family members are: her husband, Bill (1997); son, Billy (1959); her parents; and eleven siblings, Carl E. Nicolls, Ruth M. Blair, Glenn E. Nicolls, Erma E. Connick, B. Gertrude Dial, Lee Earl Nicolls, Geraldine H. Cody, Marian W. Shoemaker, Francis R. Nicolls, Marjorie J. Ohl, and Arthur J. Nicolls. Jennie was also predeceased by several nieces and nephews, including Shirley Connick Newman of Conneautville.
Surviving nieces are Janie Nicolls Murray of AZ, Carol Ohl Hudson of FL, Patricia Nicolls Swedrock of NY, Becki Nicolls McCarthy of Meadville, Merry Lee Nicolls Cross of OH (all of whom were raised in Conneautville) and nieces Diane Shoemaker Santomenna of PA and Karen Cody-Hopkins of CO. Surviving nephews are Donald Nicolls of OH and Richard Nicolls of AZ (and formerly of Conneautville).
The family wishes to thank present and past staff members of Rolling Fields Elder Care, especially those on Dogwood Street, for their loving care and support to both Jennie and her family. Also a thank you to Hospice of Crawford County for their loving care during the last several months.
At Jennie's request, her memorial service will be private. Jennie's physical body will be at rest next to her husband and son in the Conneautville Cemetery. Jennie's spirit is alive and well!
The family suggests memorials be made to the Valley United Methodist Church, 1118 Main Street, the Stone Memorial Library, 1101 Main Street both of Conneautville, PA 16406, or Hospice of Crawford County, 766 Liberty Street, Meadville, PA 16335.
Published on July 5, 2017
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