Obituary

Nicole Lynn Boice

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April 25, 2010

Nicole "Nikki" Lynn Boice, 30, of Hummelstown, Pa. (formerly of Tunkhannock), peacefully left this Earth and received her angel wings on April 25, 2010, while at home. She was born on October 19, 1979, in Tunkhannock, a daughter to Stephen and Yvonne Boice. She was a 1998 graduate of Wyalusing Valley Jr./Sr. High School, Wyalusing, Pa., as a member of the National Honor Society. She went on to attend Kutztown University and graduated with a bachelor's of science degree with a major in psychology and a minor in music. She was, most recently, a graduate student at Temple University for Social Work. Nikki loved to play her violin in the elementary, high school and college orchestras. She also took that love of the violin to different church programs. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Oliver and Marie Boice; maternal grandfather Harold "Bim" Tinna; aunts Sharon Boice Serbel and Penny Sue Tinna; cousin Denise Lynn Tinna; and step grandmothers Betsy Boice and Ella Cole. Nikki is survived by her parents, Yvonne Boice and John Borawski, Tunkhannock, and Stephen and Martha Boice, Sugar Run; a brother, Jeff Boice and Patricia Whitlock, Jenningsville; a sister, Brenda and Andy Everett, Sugar Run; two step-sisters, Ladonna and Don Martin, Shickshinny, and Theresa Wehner, Colorado; and one step-brother, Kenny and Zabrina Valentine, Laceyville. She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Hettie Tinna, Wyalusing; aunts and uncles, Diane and Spud Morrison; Wendy and Lynn Bloom; Kenneth and Wendy Tinna; Shirley and Philip Goodwin; Marsha and Chuck Henning; Jim Tinna; LuAnn and Carl Gowin; Harold and Gail Tinna; Connie and Randy Benscoter; Carol Sharts, and Mike Goodwin; step aunts and uncles, Charles and Joyce Fassett; Richard and Ruth Fassett; Iva Fassett; Clifford and Carol Fassett; William and Mary Walter; Bill and Mary Fassett; Pearl and Elisa Fassett; David and Margaret Fassett; Edward and Lynn Fassett; Amy and Joe Lott; Tony Maddox; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Nikki sadly leaves behind her beloved Guinea Pigs, Lucy, Sophie and Smudge, which she had certified as therapy pets for the Ronald McDonald House in Hershey, Pa. Nikki was a proud supporter of several charitable organizations: The American Heart Association, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, The Arthritis Foundation, The American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research and the Ronald McDonald House, just to name a few. She also supported these organizations by participating in marathons in Ireland and Hawaii, along with participating in local runs and walks to include a heart walk in Harrisburg and Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" in Scranton. Nikki was a huge advocate for The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) and her most recent passion was lobbying in Washington, D.C., for the Gail R. Schoenbach FREED (For the Recovery and Elimination of Eating Disorders) foundation side by side with Representative Patrick Kennedy. Nikki had a smile and heart that was so big, she touched the lives of all her knew her. She will be forever missed by all and will always be in our hearts. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at the Mehoopany Methodist Church. Interment will be held at the Union Hill Cemetery, Mehoopany. Friends and family may call at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Heart Association, ANAD Foundation, FREED Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Association, or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock, PA 18657. For directions and online condolences, please go to www.sheldonkukuchkafuneralhome.com .

Published in Times Leader on Apr. 28, 2010
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