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Audrey Thelma Nicewonger

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Audrey Thelma Nicewonger (Ciarlone) passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 14, 2015, surrounded by her family. Audrey was born to Linda (DeMarco) and William Ciarlone in Boston, Massachusetts in 1916. Over the next thirty years she would grow up with her brothers, Bill and Ben, and sisters, Helen, Emma and Claire, at the family's east Boston home, during which time she attended Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church and East Boston High School.

In 1943, she met her husband, Jack Nicewonger, at Boston's famed Oyster House where they danced for the very first time to Ben Crosby's "White Christmas". Jack was stationed in Boston with the Merchant Marines and Audrey was working as a secretary for the U. S. military. They married in 1944 and moved to California in 1946.

By the 1950's Audrey and Jack, along with their children, John and Lynda, had settled in Lodi, California where they raised prize-winning Guernsey show cattle. In 1959, Audrey and her family relocated to Williams, California where they were actively involved in the local community. It was at this time that Audrey resumed her career working as a secretary for the Williams Elementary School. In 1964, she and her husband moved to Chico, California where Audrey worked as a secretary for the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds until her retirement in 1982. In their latter years, Audrey and Jack ran a small club calf operation in Oakdale, California.

Throughout her life, Audrey was an avid reader and enjoyed learning about history, religion and other cultures. But her greatest delight, particularly in her latter years, was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Audrey had a special knack for engaging young children who delighted in her caring and gentle spirit. She also had witty sense of humor and a strong commitment to family.

Audrey is survived by her son, John Nicewonger (Carol) of Oakdale, CA; daughter Lynda Stresser of Yuba City, CA; and four grandchildren, Todd Nicewonger, Andrew Stresser, Jody Kolbach (Garrett) and Ashley Stresser. Her great-grandchildren include Alie, Hailey and Reagan Kolbach and Austin Dodson. She is also survived by her nephews George Nicewonger and Kenny Ciarlone; niece Etna Nicewonger and family.

Funeral services will be held privately.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Mar. 18 to Mar. 20, 2015
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