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Katherine Ruth “Katie” Nicolli

KATHERINE RUTH “KATIE” NICOLLI (nee Davey), aged 41 years, a well-respected and much loved Speech Therapist with the Hilliard Ohio School District lost a courageous battle with cancer and passed away on July 20, 2019 at the Maltz Hospice Center in Beachwood, Ohio.

She was blessed with many friends, neighbors, colleagues and family and is survived by her two daughters, Ella and Avery. Katie lost her husband, Dave Nicolli, two years ago and worked hard as a single mother to raise her daughters. In addition to her daughters, she’s survived by her mother, Kathy Chamberlain Davey (father Thomas E. Davey – deceased), brothers Terrance, Brian, Tommy (wife Vicki), Michael (deceased) and Kevin Davey (wife Monica Luis) as well as mother-in-law Elaine (husband Dave Sr.- deceased), brothers-in-law Jay (wife Melissa) and Tony, as well as other families including the Chamberlins, the Nicollis, and a large group of close friends and colleagues. She will be sorely missed by all, including her extended family at Hilliard Schools and many close neighbors in her Hilliard, Ohio home. Donations suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to Maltz Hospice at Montefiore, 1 David Myers Parkway, Beachwood, OH 44122.

As a young girl, Katie became an accomplished Irish Dancer with Murphy Irish Art Center and traveled to Ireland with her family to perform in international Irish Dancing showcases. Her dancing skills resulted in a scholarship to the College of Wooster, where she modified her Irish Dancing to become a Scottish Dancer for the Wooster Fighting Scots Dance Team.

She earned a BA from the College of Wooster and a Masters Degree in Speech Therapy from Nova Scotia University.

During her 11 years at Hilliard Schools, she helped students improve their speech and achieve academic success.

Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, July 25, 2019 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Gates Mills) at 11:30 AM. Private burial in Lake View Cemetery. Family will receive friends to pay tribute and celebrate the life of Katie at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF SOUTH EUCLID, 4600 MAYFIELD RD. (just East of Green Rd.) WEDNESDAY 3-8 PM.

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  1. Kelly Lambert-Greer

    I was so blessed to photograph Katie’s family as it grew over the last seven years, to be there for all those milestones. She was truly an amazing human. Many prayers for your families.

  2. Bridget Chapman

    Dear Nicolli and Davey families and friends,
    Katie was an amazing person and I treasure the time I worked with her at Cornerstone. I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for you all!
    Bridget Chapman

  3. Mary Jo Mascia

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Katie. My girls were young dancers at Murphy’s when Katie went to Worlds. I remember her and her Mom. Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Mary Jo Mascia (Murphy Alumni Parent)

  4. Bridgette Wilson

    My condolences on your great loss. I’m praying for strength and peace for her loved ones, especially her little girls Ella and Avery. I hope you all find solace and comfort in her memory.

  5. Lori H Luciano

    Dear Nicolli’s and Davey’s
    My sincerest condolences. Lori Luciano

  6. Patrick DiCesare

    I’ve had the good fortune of being an honorary member of the Nicolli family for some time and I came to know Dave and Katie through that connection. We are all saddened beyond our ability to to convey with words. I do have faith this family will rally to protect and raise those two lovely little girls and take some solace in that.

  7. My prayers and condolences to the family!!! I remember hearing a lot about Katie from my grandma! How beautiful and talented Irish Dancer she was. Many blessings to you all!

  8. Dear Nicolli’s and Davey’s,
    I am very sorry for your loss. Katie and I supported each other through our breast cancer journey’s. I will continue to fight for Katie and for all other cancer survivors. Katie will always be in my heart. My prayers and thoughts are with Ella, Avery and all family and friends.

  9. Elizabeth James

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Katie’s family and her daughters. I loved Katie’s openness which made her so easy to like and her friendliness. I was inspired by her work ethic and her care for her clients while working with her in the evenings at Cornerstone. She will be greatly missed!

  10. Thoughts, prayers sent to those who knew and loved Katie!!

  11. Kathleen Keller

    Although I never met Katie, her mother in law, Elaine, shared her story of courage with me. She was quite a remarkable young woman.
    I pray for her girls and family ask God to bring comfort to all of you.

  12. Monica Celeste Stowe

    To Kathy and Elayne and the Davey & Nicolli Families,
    There truly are no words, but from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss.
    For Ella and Avery, I know your mom n dad will be watching over you and sending you All their Love daily.
    My Deepest Sympathy, Prayers and Love To You All,
    Monica Celeste Stowe

  13. Claude and Stephanie Berardinelli

    Dear Davey and Nicolli Families,
    We are very sorry for your heartbreaking loss! Our deepest sympathy!

  14. I’m so sorry for your families loss, I didn’t know Katie but knew of her thru her Cleveland family . My heart breaks for her girls and her families loss ❤️

  15. I am so sorry for your loss! Thoughts and prayers for all of you!

  16. Katie was truly one of my favorites! She was so strong when her Dad died during college. I am heartbroken to learn about her journey of late, but know that much love will be showered on her girls. With blessings. Dr. Don Goldberg from the College of Wooster

  17. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Katie has been two of my boys speech therapist for the past two years now. She was always so kind and helpful and a blessing to our family and my boys. I will never forget her taking my kindergartener by the hand and leading him into the building on the first day of school because she could tell he was a little apprehensive. She had such a heart for her students. My continued prayers for your family and her girls.

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