Nichols, Joseph Oley NISKYAUNA Joseph Oley Nichols, 61, of Niskayuna, passed away on Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady after a long illness. Born in Syracuse on January 17, 1951, he was the son of the late Francis and Helen (nee: Oley) Nichols. Joseph graduated from St. Gregory's in Shawnee, Okla., and attended John Fisher College in Rochester. He received his master's degree from the Maxwell School of Public Administration at Syracuse University, and his doctorate in sacred theology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He was employed as the regional health care administrator with the New York State Department of Health for nearly 35 years. Joseph was a man of very deep faith. During his long and courageous battle with lung cancer, he found solace in his Roman Catholic faith. He was a former member of the American Guild of Organists and was an accomplished organist. Joe brought great humor and joy to those who he met on his life's journey. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, James Nichols. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis (nee: Tryon) Nichols; his two children, Nathaniel Joseph Nichols, M.S. of Niskayuna, and Janice (Jay) Tiedeck of Beckley, W.Va. and two granddaughters, Eleanor Hope and Lillian Grace Tiedeck. Funeral services will be on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:15 a.m. at Light's Funeral Home, 1428 State St., Schenectady, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 12 p.m. at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, 1241 State St., Schenectady. The family will receive relatives and friends on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff in the ICU and emergency departments at Ellis Hospital and the staff at Dr. Thomas Goodman's office for their compassion and care of Joseph during his illness. Donations in Joseph's name may be made to St. Luke's Church Food Pantry, 1241 State St., Schenectady, NY 12304 or to the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210. Online condolences may be made by visiting sbfuneralhome.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 27, 2012