November 6, 2017
Constance Mae “Connie” DeRuse Nicol, age 72, of Marysville, died on her birthday, Monday, November 6, 2017, surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with kidney cancer. She was born November 6, 1945 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania to the late D.C. and Emma Mae Bailey DeRuse. Following her birth, her family moved briefly to Missouri, but since the age of five, she lived in Ohio. Baptized April 9, 1950 at the Plain City United Methodist Church, she attended Chuckery Darby School through the ninth grade. She graduated from Fairbanks High School in 1963. She participated in 4-H, marching band, cheerleading and FHA. She married the love of her life, Gene Nicol, on June 14, 1964 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she also confirmed her faith. Since then she served on various committees at the church and was an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. She was also involved in the O.C.C.L. and has remained friends with many of those women spanning five decades. She volunteered for the American Heart Association and the Red Cross Bloodmobile. Aside from her bookkeeping duties for the family business, Nicol Plumbing, her career included working at Kroger, Producer’s Livestock, Farmer’s Insurance, O. M. Scott and Sons, Der Dutchman and Dublin Coffman High School. She retired from St. John’s Lutheran School where she was an assistant cook. She worked hard to know her Lord, always saying she was a “work in progress.” A friend to all, Connie was always ready for what was on the other side of HOPE. She was available to help without being asked and prayed that her legacy would be her family and all the good things they would contribute to the world. Connie’s greatest joy was spending time with her husband, Gene, and her family, whether traveling or working together outside. Connie and Gene traveled to 40 states and 16 countries throughout their years together, the most recent being a trip to France in September 2016. She loved going to school activities and sporting events. Cooking large dinners and being surrounded by her immediate family for holidays brought her great happiness. “And all will be well…” were her final words of encouragement to all those she loved. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by half-brothers and half-sisters, Robert DeRuse, Norma and Carleton Greene, Cles and Richard Heasley and Carl and June DeRuse; two nieces and a nephew; and all her aunts, uncles, cousins and father-in-law, Pearl M.J. Nicol. She is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years, Eugene G. R. “Gene” Nicol; three daughters, Dawn (Rick) Myers of Springfield, Kathy (Steve) Francis of Plain City and Julie (Jason) Becker of Plain City; six grandchildren, Megan and Daniel Myers, Jessica and Alex Francis and Andrew and Austin Becker; three nephews, Rick (Ginny) Heasley, Barry (Barb) Heasley and Randy DeRuse; her mother-in-law, Lucia Nicol; brothers-and sisters-in-law, Roger (Barb) Nicol, Larry (Anita) Nicol, Fred (Kathryn) Nicol and Tom (Pat) Nicol; numerous nieces and nephews and their families; and countless loving and supportive friends. The family will receive friends 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Friday at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Rev. Jacob D. Heino will officiate and burial will be at the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Daniel Myers, Andrew Becker, Alex Francis, Austin Becker, Gary Scheiderer and Marty Nicol. Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Myers, Steve Francis, Jason Becker, Rick Heasley, Barry Heasley and Randy DeRuse. Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice or Kidney Cancer Research Fund at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.
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