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Nikki L. Rosenthal

1943 - 2015
Rosenthal, Commander Nikki Louise

Commander Nikki Louise Rosenthal, U.S. Navy (Retired) 71, on March 12, 2015, at Vitas Hospice, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Born October 3, 1943, in Neenah, WI, to Burton J. and Louise Sontag Rosenthal. Graduate of Menasha High School, Menasha, WI, and Douglass College, Rutgers University. Served two years in Malaysia as a Peace Corps volunteer followed by 23 years active duty in the Navy. After retirement she made her home in Galena, IL, where she remained until poor health required that she join family in Chicago. Her marriage to Frank Nowakowski ended in divorce. Survived by sisters, Carolyn Cornell, North Bergen, NJ; and Elizabeth Colloton, Chicago, IL; and brother and sister-in-law, Burton and Julie Rosenthal, Neenah, WI; nieces, Cydney Cornell, Agoura, CA; Amy Randall, Neenah, WI; and Katie Rosenthal-Mayer, Neenah, WI; and nephews, Richard Cornell, Jr., Mustang, OK; John Colloton, Chicago, IL; Mark Colloton, Salt Lake, UT; and Daniel Colloton, Minneapolis, MN; four great-nieces and five great-nephews. Commander Rosenthal's ashes will be interred at the gravesite of her parents at Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, WI. Plans are pending for a military graveside service and a memorial celebration in Wisconsin. Donations in Commander Rosenthal's memory may be made to Women in Military in Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Mar. 20, 2015
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