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February 18, 2018

RoAnn Vilene ‘Ro’ Nicholls – Monessen


RoAnn Vilene “Ro” Nicholls, loving wife and mother, passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Pittsburgh. She was a resident of Monessen. She was born on May 17, 1938, in Philadelphia, daughter of the late Jay and Violet Thomas Smith. She was employed by Nutrition Inc. and was a cafeteria server in the Monessen School District for over 30 years. Ro enjoyed bringing a smile to the faces of the students and faculty that she served every day. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Ro lit up the room – it was difficult to feel any other type of emotion other than happiness in her presence. On Aug. 12, 1961, she married Gerald K. Nicholls, who survives. She is also survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and George Yartin of Monessen; a son and daughter-in-law, Gerald “Jay” and Joyce Nicholls of Perryopolis; granddaughters, Kristie Yartin, Raelynn (Matt) Somogyi and Rebecca Nicholls; grandsons, Jacob Nicholls and Noah Yartin; and great-granddaughter, Allison Somogyi. Family and friends will be received for a prayer service at noon Friday, Sept. 15, at ROBERT A. BILLICK FUNERAL HOME, Grand Boulevard and Marion Avenue, Monessen,