Joyce Ann Nicklas, 52, of Sycamore, Ill., passed away Saturday, July 25, 2009, at home, with her husband and daughter at her side. Joyce was born on Sept. 6, 1956, in Sycamore to Delos "Moose" and Corinne (Holmes) Struthers. She married Bill Nicklas on Jan. 9, 1999.
Joyce graduated from DeKalb High School in 1974 and went on to earn her nursing degree from Kishwaukee College. Joyce later received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Cardinal Stritch University and a master's degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University. Her nursing career spanned three decades. At the time of her death she had attained the honor of Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives and was serving as the vice-president for Regional Development and Trauma Services and chief quality officer at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, a responsibility which made her especially proud.
Survivors include her loving husband, Bill; their three children Tom (Tara) Steffa of Mesa, Ariz., Trent (Becky) Steffa of Littleton, Colo., and Kimberly Steffa of Naperville; three grandchildren, Tanner, Teagan and Madison; her siblings, Jeff (Pam) Struthers of Kiowa, Colo., Tammy Struthers of Plano, Texas, and Tim (Marilee) Struthers of DeKalb; her brother-in-law, Bob (Terri) Nicklas of Takoma Park, Md.; her father, Delos "Moose" (Pat) Struthers of Bella Vista, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her mother, Corinne Struthers; her grandparents; and two uncles.
Funeral service will be celebrated in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 206 Somonauk St., Sycamore with the Rev. David Hedges presiding on Wednesday, July 29 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 28, at Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to OSF Hospice, Rockford, 815-921-8700.
Arrangements by Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Chapel, 815-895-6589 or www.olsonfh.com
Published by Daily Chronicle from Jul. 27 to Jul. 30, 2009.