J. Beryl Nicholson, 92, of Greenwood, Indiana, passed away on Monday, November 18th. She was born in Indianapolis on March 8, 1927, to the late Clarence and Julia (Lombard) Birk, the youngest of seven siblings.
Beryl graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1945 and still spoke fondly of her high school years, attending reunions faithfully through her 70th in 2015. She married Louie in 1948, meeting him through friends she made while working at the American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis. She also worked at JCPenney for a time. After moving to Fort Wayne in 1965 Beryl worked in the financial office of First Presbyterian Church for many years, retiring in 1991. She moved to Greenwood the following year.
Beryl loved cats, reading, playing cards, Purdue football, solving word puzzles, eating White Castle sliders, telling off-color jokes and visiting with family and friends. She was the keeper of the “Birk Book”, a huge three-ring binder with records of all the births, marriages, deaths, and other important events in the family. In the words of a family member she was a “class act”. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Beryl is survived by her son and daughter-in-law (Bruce Nicholson and Carole Webb) along with many cousins, nieces and nephews (great and otherwise) and her Siamese cat Ko-ko.
She was preceded in death in 1988 by her husband of 40 years, Louis R. Nicholson, as well as her siblings Opal Moore, Ossie Kremer, Theodore Birk, Clifford Birk, Warren Birk and Nellie Kingen.
Visitation will be Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 11:00 am followed by services at 1:00 pm at One Christian Church, 2901 E Banta Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46227. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Purdue University or the charity of your choice. Entombment will follow at Washington Park East Cemetery. Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center is handling the arrangements. www.singletonmortuary.com
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