Nicolle Geiling
1977 - 2021
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Nicolle Geiling
Nicolle Geiling (Nicki) of Fairfield, CT departed this world on the evening of Wednesday, January 13, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. Nicolle is the loving daughter of Carole Maravich, the proud sister of Craig Maravich, and the wonderful niece of Joyce Scursatone. She was born in New York Hospital in Manhattan, NY on August 21, 1977. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Ann and Nick Maravich, and her loving uncle, Clyde "Victor" Scursatone. Nicolle brought joy to everyone she had the pleasure of meeting. She was the life of the party, always singing and dancing. Each time she entered a room with her infectious laughter, sense of humor, and smile, she ignited a spark in people. Nicolle embodied acceptance and forever rooted for the underdog while never passing judgment. She truly made the world a better place. Nicolle was a lover of the arts with a particular passion for theatre and Broadway. She was in the audience of countless Broadway shows and concerts. There wasn't a word in any song or show that she didn't know! New York City was her favorite haunt. She could always be found kneeling at the foot of the Pieta in St. Patrick's Cathedral. She and her dearest friend and love of her life, Josh O'Neil were regulars at local movie theaters and restaurants. They attended many plays, dances at Chapel Haven, and black tie events together. Nicolle was a natural performer with the ability to memorize and wow any crowd. She performed a one-woman show that told of her life and views on self-advocacy and acceptance of all people. She cherished moments dancing and singing with her family and loved exercising and working out. She could be seen taking her brisk walks while listening to her favorite music. Nicki loved people and making friends. Nicolle graduated from Fairfield High School in 1997. Following graduation she spent a year of post-secondary education at The Riverview School in East Sandwich, Cape Cod, Mass. Upon her return to Fairfield, she was hired at The GAP in Fairfield where she was an employee for 19 years. She took classes at Housatonic College earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Gateway Community College. She worked for 10 years at Borders Books in Fairfield in the children's department and presented a weekly story hour for young children. She also volunteered at the Fairfield Library weekly. With a heart that brimmed with kindness and empathy, Nicolle embraced advocacy work. She was a key voice on the board of the CT Self Advocacy Task Force in Hartford. She was the national representative and Poster Child for the National Down Syndrome Society and helped to lobby and educate those in Washington, D.C. to support the Work Incentives Improvement Act. Her trip to Capitol Hill and personal appointments with our state senators and congressmen there along with Senator Ted Kennedy were sources of pride for Nicolle. She was responsible for encouraging Senator Lieberman to sign the Work Incentives Improvement Act Bill! Nicolle was honored on a national level for her civic engagement. She was the guest speaker and honored at the NDSS Women's Luncheon in NYC along with two other honorees, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Anna Quinlan. Nicolle also had other public speaking engagements to share her beliefs in Self Advocacy and acceptance of all peoples. Nicolle had an unwavering commitment to her Serbian Orthodox faith. She proudly and lovingly attended St. Dimitri Church in Easton, CT and was a lifelong member of St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, PA. Nicolle's family and especially Nicolle herself would like to thank the caregivers: Lily, Virginia, Joana, Dionne, and Susi, who were Nicki's friends and unselfishly traveled this journey with her. Nicolle is survived by her mother and proud guardian Carole Maravich; brother, Craig Maravich; aunt, Joyce Scursatone (Tete); sister-in-law, Sarah; and niece, Imogen Maravich; father, J. Douglass Geiling, and her longtime love, Josh O'Neill. Visitation will be held at the Lesko & Polke Funeral Home, 1209 Post Road, in Fairfield Center on Sunday, January 17, 2021 from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. A special private prayer service will be delivered by Father George Coca before the public viewing. Funeral and burial will take place at St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, PA on Friday, January 22, 2021 – at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nicolle's memory to: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Aliquippa, PA, and St. Dimitri Orthodox Church in Easton, CT. For travel directions or to sign her guest register, please visit www.LeskoPolkeFuneralHome.com



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Published in Connecticut Post from Jan. 14 to Jan. 15, 2021.
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February 20, 2021
Dear Carole, I just heard this terrible news from Becca. I am so so sorry for your loss. Nicki was such a fun, sweet (and gorgeously fashionable!) role model to so many of us in the community. Every time I walked into GAP and saw her at work I was reassured about the future. I hope you know that you, too, were an amazing inspiration to me as a mom. My heart goes out to your family. Love, Corinne Kennelly

corinne kennelly
Friend
January 21, 2021
So very sorry for your devastating loss. Take comfort in your faith and the knowledge that Nicolle lived a full life with a devoted mother
Linda Danko Baker
Friend
January 18, 2021
Dear Maravich family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Nicole had a dynamic personality; I always enjoyed her company. I know she will be greatly missed by many. I'm sure she has already played a few rounds of Uno. Sending you all love and hugs; may God comfort you all during this difficult time.
Stephanie Trbovich
Family
January 18, 2021
I was drawn to Nic's sweet smile and kind heart many years ago. May God bring comfort to her family. Rest in peace Nicolle.

Vince
Acquaintance
January 17, 2021
Carole ,
You have done your very best . Nicki will never leave you nor forsake you , From now onward she will be taking care of you .
My sweet young friend ,Nicolle brought so much joy to me , Great sense of humor , never a dull moment regardless of time of day . Always a wonderful greeting , weather you enter her door ,on the street or at the store . I just love Nicolle!
Words are not enought to express the amount of Joy she brought to me and to all who knew her. I was hoping to make her Wedding Gown and watched her walking down the Isle as she often times demonstrated with happy laughter . Now ,she will be wearing the everlasting Gown , and crown of an angel , to watcheover her loving, caring mother , who could never do more for the daughter she so dearly loved and cared for with such passion ,from a mother's heart .
Carole you are so blessed to have such a bright, wonderful, caring loving,happy,cheerful , daughter . All because of your, patience, care and love . To her supporting brother of whom she loved so dearly find comfort in all the love she left behind , "she is just away " and the rest of her family peace be with you all instead of crying remember Nicolle's happy laughter "What the World needs now is Nicolle's gracious living "
Sadly missing her !
Connie
Constance v Richardson
Friend
January 17, 2021
Carol I'm so sorry for your loss.... When I think of Nicki I think of love. Well, I think of hugs but the love she had to give was limitless.
Sending love and
Brittany Doon
Acquaintance
January 17, 2021
Nicki was such a joy and brought a smile to everyone touched she will be missed. My condolences to the family. You are all in my prayers.
Yvette Richardson
January 16, 2021
I’m very sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for healing and may God bring you peace.
Dorothy Williams Rodgers
Acquaintance
January 15, 2021
Wishing you peace and comfort in your memories of Nicolle. She made a lasting impression in the lives of all who were blessed to have met her.
Kim
January 15, 2021
Offering our sympathies at this time.
The Staff of Lesko-Polke Funeral Home
January 15, 2021
I do remember Nicolle, her brother, and mom from many years ago. My son Gerard went to school with one or both. How very, very sad to lose a life at such a tender, young age. The Book of Revelation says God will wipe away every tear for Nicolle is now in a white robe with trumpets and saints around her. I do hope and pray that you pain lessens with each day that passes. The Gasparino family
Gerry Gasparino
Acquaintance
January 14, 2021
I am so sorry to read this sad news. I remember Nicki all the way back starting from kindergarten. She was always sweet and kind. I am sorry for the loss of a truly lovely person. Sending condolences to her family. May she rest peacefully.
Nancy Kern
Classmate
January 14, 2021
I am so sorry to read this sad news. I remember Nicki from growing up, starting back in kindergarten. She was always so sweet and kind. I am so sorry for this loss. May she rest peacefully.
Nancy Kern
Classmate
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