Marguerite F. "Cindy" (Sumner) Nichols passed away peacefully at home amongst her loving family Friday, January 4th. The beloved wife of the late Charles "Chick" Nichols, was seventy four years of age.
Born in Stoneham she was one of seven children born to the late Albert and Marguerite (Nolan) Sumner. Raised and educated in Woburn, she was a graduate of Woburn High School, Class of 1955. Following high school she continued on with her education and in 1959 graduated from Lynn Hospital School of Nursing.
In that same year she married her high school sweetheart "Chick" Nichols to whom she was devoted to for over the next thirty eight years. They brought four children into the world to whom they were devoted.
In 1967 she began her nursing career at Winchester Hospital where she remained for thirty five years. She began in the Intensive Care Unit and then throughout the hospital in different areas. In the early eighties she assisted Winchester Hospital in establishing a Nurse Case Management Program. Cindy continued assisting patients throughout the hospital but in a different capacity. She began the case management of each person/patient being discharged from the hospital with the appropriate policies and procedures in tact for the continuation of, or beginning of, services to take place in the home, rehabilitaion, nursing home or post hospital stay. This position she held for over twenty years and truly had become the "Guru" of discharging patients in the most appropriate and effective manner.
All throughout the years family was most important. Following all of her childrens educational and social endeavors they all enjoyed many happy weeks at York Beach Maine and North Conway, and Lincoln, NH. Cindy and her husband loved to dance and often frequented the Irish American Club in Billerica, where they celebrated their heritage and would dance the night away.
Upon her retirement in 2002, Cindy was totally devoted to her beloved grandchildren. "Grandma" as she was affectionately referred too shared many happy hours with them travelling to Florida and spending time at Disney World and "St. Pete's Beach." Often there was a large contingency of family taking on different adventures together, including her children, grandchildren and her sisters.
Cindy was a very active member of the woman's Lions Club of Woburn. Whether it be the fashion shows, chilli cook offs or the annual Halloween Parade, she was right there pitching in.
Cindy will long be remembered for that wonderful sparkle in her eyes, compassionate
demeanor, and tremendous love she had for her family.
Cindy was predeceased by her husband,
Charles T. "Chick" Nichols, her sister, Barbara Pendergast and brother, Roger Sumner.
She is lovingly survived by her children, Patricia "Penny" Nichols-Cordero and her husband Andrew, Charles "Chuck" Nichols and his wife Denise, all of Woburn, Ralph Nichols and his wife Lory of Arlington, and Elizabeth "Betsy" DelloRusso and her husband David of Tewksbury, her siblings, Frances MacLean of Natick, Elizabeth "Bette" Byrnes of FL, Annette Coccoluto of Woburn, Judy Foley of Wilmington, grandchildren, John and James Cordero, Brianna and Jared Nichols, and Alex DelloRusso, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Monday, January 7th at 11:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara's Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 12 Noon. Calling hours on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Remembrances may be made in Mrs. Nichols's memory to the Eric T. Hill Foundation - Children's Hospital, c/o Amanda Armenti, 1 Autumn St. #731 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02215-5301.