Julie Carolyn Nickerson, of Defiance, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2013, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center. She was born on April 13, 1960, in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to the late Theodore LaPan and Carolyn Hunt. Julie married Walter Nickerson on December 17, 1997, in Defiance Ohio.
She was the dearest mother of (and is survived) by Justin (Misty Wilson) Carpenter, Brandon (Ina) Retcher; stepmother of Walter Jr. Nickerson, Jennifer Nickerson and Jermaine Nickerson. She is also survived by her mother, Carolyn and stepfather, Ken Hunt; sister, Rose LaPan-Davidson; Christina Adele Downey; Christopher LaPan; and Cynthia LaPan; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Theodore LaPan; and son, Chad.
Julie had been courageously fighting cancer since 2003. She was a loving person who cared about a lot of people. She was a board member for Vision Quest Institute in Defiance.
"She is gone.
You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love that you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she is gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on."
-- David Harkins
A memorial service will be held to honor Julie at the Jewell Community Center, 07900 Independence Road, Defiance, Ohio, on Friday, Oct. 11, from 3:30-6 p.m.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to Vision Quest Institute at the service, via www.visionquestinstitute.com, or directly to any First Federal Bank. This is a project that was started by Julie, her son, and her daughter-in-law to build a school in Ghana, Africa. Please share a memory of Julie at: www.snyderweschefuneralhome.com.