Gertrude M.


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Merrimac - Gertrude M. "Gertie" (McCarron) Nicklas, 82, passed away at her home on Tuesday afternoon, August 20, 2019. She was surrounded by family and loved ones, following a long period of declining health.
Gert was born in Haverhill on July 6, 1937 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry McCarron. She grew up in Haverhill and Merrimac, and she later attended Merrimac High School where she graduated in 1955.
On January 26, 1963, Gertie married Thomas Nicklas at a ceremony in Newton, NH. She enjoyed traveling to Foxwoods and to warm climate destinations with her family and loved to attend family gatherings.
She leaves behind her devoted husband of 56 years, Thomas; her children, Kevin Nicklas and his wife, Mary of Merrimac, Henry Nicklas of Merrimac, and Marianne O'Meara and her husband Bill of Uxbridge; her grandchildren, who will sorely miss her, Shawn and Jared Nicklas and Nicholas and Molly O'Meara; her sister, Jane and Bill Arivella and their daughter, Kristin of Salem, NH; along with extended family and many, many dear friends.
Gert lived in Merrimac most of her life and is well known by the people in Town for her outspoken manner. She was a member of the Church of the Nativity in Merrimac, and was a big part of life in and around her home at Lake Attitash in Merrimac. She will be missed by many.
The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to her nurses for their unending care and dedication to Gertie.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend her wake at Paul C. Rogers Family Funeral Home, 36 West Main Street, Merrimac, on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Nativity of the Holy Redeemer Parish, 4 Green Street, Merrimac, followed by burial at Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 Merrimack Street, Lawrence, MA 01843.
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Published on August 23, 2019
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Jason Esposito
Aug 24, 2019
It is with great regret and sorrow I learn of Aunty Gertie's passing. I send my deepest condolences to both the Nicklas and McCarron families. Aunty Gertie will always have a special place in my heart and mind. Some of my most fondest memories as a child include her in them. From her teaching me how to play rick-rack and Cribbage to listening to her stories every morning when she would walk over and have coffee with my mom. She was always a pleasure to be in the the company of. She had a nack for cooking and baking. Red Cake, homemade fried chicken fingers and pineapple dip were some of culinary specialities.

Two of the funniest memories I have of her were her 50th birthday party when a m dressed in a Gorilla suit showed up at the party and Aunty Gertie was carried off and thrown off the end of the dock into the lake. Haha. The other was she pulled into the driveway one time with Uncle Tommy hanging out of the trunk of the car haha. She will be missed a great deal but never forgotten. Rest in Peace Aunty, love you. JayRead more
Jim Reedy
Aug 24, 2019
Dear Tom, Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your beloved wife Gert. May you find some consolation in the knowledge that she has gone on to that life which IS life.
LeeAnn Earley Bryant
Aug 23, 2019
Tommy and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Gertie fondly as a vibrant personality as well as neighborhood “Mom”.
She was always wonderful to all us kids .
Rest in the sweetest of peace Gertie. 🙏
Gail Clarke Wozniak
Aug 23, 2019
Tommy and family, sorry for your loss. Always remember Lake Attitash neighborhood memories.