Mrs. Shirley L. (Malzahn) Nichols

  • Born: December 21, 1927
  • Died: July 13, 2018
  • Location: of Andover, formerly of Reading, Massachusetts

Doherty Barile Family Funeral Home

11 Linden Street
Reading, MA 01867

Tel. 781.944.1589

Tribute & Message From The Family

Warm and caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend

Shirley L. (Malzahn) Nichols of Andover, formerly of Reading, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018 at The Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading. She was 90 years of age.

Born on December 21, 1927 in Denver, Colorado, Shirley is the loving daughter of the late Edward Malzahn and Catherine (Burnett) Malzahn. Shirley is a warm and caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Shirley was a dedicated homemaker. She truly loved her family and spending time with loved ones. Her family meant the world to her. They were first and foremost in her life.

Shirley is the beloved wife of the late Willard F. Nichols who passed away on July 9, 2018. She is the devoted mother of Ron Nichols and his wife Brenda, Marsha Nichols and her partner Christopher, Bob Nichols, Virginia Bramante and her husband Michael. The cherished grandmother of Katie and her fiancé Megan, Kim, Matt and his wife Danielle, Joshua and his wife Christine, Lindsey, Joe and his wife Rachel and Heather, Shirley is the loving great grandmother of 7.

A Funeral Service Celebrating Shirley's Eternal Life will be held on Thursday, July 19th at 1pm in the Doherty – Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St. READING. Family and friends are cordially invited to gather and share memories with the Family prior to the Service, beginning at 10am. Parking attendants available. Interment Forest Glen Cemetery, Reading.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Shirley's memory to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, c/o Lahey Philanthropy 41 Mall Rd. Burlington, MA 01805.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

We are deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. Our condolences.

Posted by Chuck & Jo-Ellen Kelley - Limestone, ME   July 18, 2018

To the Nichols family, My deepest condolences to all of you. I pray for strength every second to be able to endure the loss of a Mom and a Dad. I pray for each and every one of you and hope a day at a time things will begin to lesser the pain. Take care and know you are being thought of.

Posted by Maria Holland - Brockton, MA   July 18, 2018

Marsha and family,

So sorry for the loss of your mother shorty after your father passed away. What a difficult time for all of you.
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. They are finally together again for eternity.

Carolyn Burke

Posted by Carolyn Burke - Newton Highlands - Coworker   July 18, 2018


To The Nichol's Family Sending Our Deepest Condolences in the loss of Your Mother! Our heart breaks for all of You! So sorry You lost both of Your Parent's within days of each other!
With Deepest Sympathy, Lots Of Love, Phil, Carol, Maryellen, Tiffany & Matthew Perry

Posted by Carol Perry - Wilmington, MA - Family Friend   July 18, 2018

To Marsha, Brenda and Ron and the rest of the family - what a tough time for you all - there's no way to prepare for this much grief in such a short time. Wishing you all courage and strength in the days ahead.

Posted by Jean Higgins - Needham, MA   July 17, 2018


Marty & Family Sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She is not alone ,and I'm quite sure she is at peace, and happy, being reunited with the Love Of Her Life.

Posted by Jacqui Nagle Thomas - Stoneham, MA - Friend   July 17, 2018

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