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Marie George

Posted By DeJohn Funeral Homes On December 23, 2021 @ 9:12 am In Obituaries,Willoughby Hills | 19 Comments

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MARIE GEORGE (nee Nightingale), age 66, of Wickliffe, passed away December 21, 2021, in the loving care of her family and was commended to the loving arms of God. Marie’s life was filled with family, faith and friends, and in return she filled others with an abundance of love. She lived each day with the mindset that it was the “best day ever” and brought joy to those who knew her.

Marie is survived by Dale, her best friend and husband of 47 years; daughters Jennifer Nieset (Craig), Sharon Hanslik (Christopher) and Christine Downs (Craig); grandchildren Liam Downs, Brianna Nieset, A.J. Hanslik, Ashley Nieset, Eve Downs, Gabriel Hanslik, Jacob Nieset, Caleb Nieset, Trey Hanslik and Owen Hanslik; mother-in-law Teresa George; siblings Irene Blachowski, Bill Nightingale (Jackie), Tom Nightingale (Bonnie), Kit Sabatos (Doc) and Bob Nightingale (Maureen); and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Margaret Nightingale; brother James Nightingale; father-in-law Richard L. George; and sister-in-law Joyce George.

Born in Euclid on February 24, 1955, Marie was one of seven children and grew up in Eastlake. After graduating from North High School, she married her high school sweetheart, Dale George, on May 3, 1974. Marie later received her nursing degree from Lakeland Community College in the spring of 1993, the day before daughter Jen graduated from high school.

Family was always the center of Marie and Dale’s lives. Holiday gatherings, birthday celebrations, road trips, camper excursions, Florida reunions, and school sports and activities filled their calendar and their lives.

Marie was exceptionally proud of the athletic abilities of her daughters and grandchildren and cheered them on whenever possible. (“My grandkids run like stallions – seriously good gene pool,” she would modestly point out.)

When schedule conflicts, pandemic protocols or health issues prevented her from attending events or getting together in person, Marie frequently relied on FaceTime or the Marco Polo app to give her a front-row seat or a way to chat over a cup of coffee.

Marie also combined her training as a nurse with her innate compassion to care for others as she worked in several hospital and extended-care environments and provided her parents and in-laws with loving care in her home as they aged.

Caring about others’ needs knew no boundaries for Marie, and over the years she and Dale made nearly a dozen humanitarian mission trips to the critically poor nations of Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The couple also spearheaded Hands United in Hope and Love, a local ministry that has helped raise more than $100,000 since 2014 to support several struggling Catholic parishes in Nicaragua.

Managing to maintain her good spirits despite many ups and downs, Marie applied what she called her “Irish temper and ornery disposition” to fight recurring episodes of cancer over eight years. Most recently, she drew inspiration and determination from former President Jimmy Carter, who she believed “miraculously” survived similar treatments. Yet she was reluctant to ask for a miracle of her own.

“I was worried that I shouldn’t be asking for yet another one since I was already blessed with one the day after I was born,” she said, explaining that she had survived emergency surgery as a sickly preemie. “I hate to be greedy when someone might need a miracle more than me or be more deserving.”

At every step, Marie and Dale drew upon the love, prayers and unwavering support of the family, friends and community around them. Above all, while hoping for another miracle they placed their trust in God the Almighty Father for His plan for her and for continued blessings on a very difficult journey.

Although no reminder was needed, Marie recently assured her family, “I love, love, love my family a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck,” repeating her father’s treasured phrase from her childhood. “I hope you feel my dad hugging you too, because I feel my dad hugging me every time I say that!”

The family will receive friends at THE MULLALLY FUNERAL HOME located in THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) Monday, December 27, 2021, from 6 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 28, 2021, at St. John of the Cross Parish, 140 Richmond Rd., Euclid. Private interment at All Souls Cemetery.

For those who wish to do so, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. John of the Cross Parish at the above address. Please note “Nicaragua/Marie George” in the memo line.

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Condolence from Kathy Burke on December 23rd, 2021 5:01 pm

What can I say. There are no words to describe the huge loss this is for you and all who knew and loved her. She is our angel in heaven now. Someone we can pray to. May Gods peace be with you all. I truly loved her and I love you also Dale.

Condolence from Tomas Sergio on December 23rd, 2021 6:08 pm

God bless you

Condolence from Candace Pourciau on December 23rd, 2021 7:20 pm

Sorry for your loss. Praying that peace and comfort sustain you in every corner of your lives in the days ahead.
God Bless

Condolence from Rachel Gaspar on December 23rd, 2021 8:24 pm

You are all in our prayers. Sending love

Condolence from Bob Thompson on December 23rd, 2021 8:28 pm

We have been blessed to know and love the Georges for many years now and are rocked by the loss of Marie. Our love and God’s blessings go to Dale and their whole family.

Condolence from Artie Ching on December 24th, 2021 1:40 am

Dale,
May the lord’s peace find you, your daughters and the hearts of all who love Marie.

Condolence from Cousin Jack on December 24th, 2021 7:28 am

Dale and family, thoughts, thanks and prayers.

Condolence from James Hickey on December 24th, 2021 10:11 am

Dale and family, please accept my heartfelt sympathies. I have fond memories of Marie as we worked for Breckenridge Village. My prayers for you are to have peace-filled hearts, knowing that Marie has been welcomed into heaven as God’s “good and
faithful” servant.

Condolence from Susan Rendina Simmons. on December 24th, 2021 12:35 pm

Marie was one of the best people I ever knew. She has been a friend since elementary school. I am so sorry this world will not see her again. I do know she is with God now and watching over her love ❤️ ones.

Condolence from Teresa Chounet on December 26th, 2021 12:07 pm

This is so sad.In her lifetime she touched so many people and will be greatly missed.RIP Marie.Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends

Condolence from Jill and Larry Divita on December 26th, 2021 4:54 pm

So sorry to hear Dale, She was the nicest, most loving person …. Now her beautiful, caring soul will be caring and helping so many in Heaven…. You and your girls/family are in our thoughts and prayers….

Condolence from Susan Schaul on December 26th, 2021 7:34 pm

Marie was special, warm hearted and smart, helped people as a nurse, a friend, a caregiver, a family member, she helped and supported me, she even laughed at my dumb jokes. I will miss her, RIP

Condolence from Darlene A Szafranski on December 27th, 2021 11:30 am

Dale, you & your family are in our prayers.
Marie was a very special person.

Condolence from Pam Welsh-Huggins on December 27th, 2021 11:52 am

To the whole Nightingale/George family — we grieve with you at the death of your sister, mom, auntie, Grandma,and beloved companion. Dale, our hearts ache with you. Though she is gone, her love and the fruits of her good deeds carry on forever. Love from Cousin Pam.

Condolence from Matt & Mary Chinchar on December 27th, 2021 4:11 pm

Marie left an indelible impression with me in the few years she was part of our prayer group. God made us to serve Him through others and she did that to the fullest, always putting others first in her heartfelt compassionate way. Beginning with her family, then friends and the poor of Nicaragua via Padre Tomas parish community, where I gain a better understanding of the impoverished in that country. She continually reached out to others loving them and serving them in whatever she could to ease their burden. I’ll never forget last January when I was battling Covid, she made a big pot of her special recipe for chicken noodle soup and brought it over to me, bringing nourishment and healing love. Jesus set the example for us. He was both a servant in his action and in His heart. And that is exactly what Marie did for me and all those who were blessed to have known her. She will be dearly missed. May God give her eternal peace and may His perpetual light shine upon her. My prayers and love are with Dale and the family.

Condolence from George Sam on December 28th, 2021 9:15 am

I’m so sorry, Dale and family. She fought the good fight and lived as a true example of Christ’s love and faith. Please let me know if I can do anything. Hope we can get together soon. May God bring you peace.

Condolence from Judi Weitman on December 28th, 2021 2:17 pm

Dale, my heart aches for you and the girls. It seems like yesterday that I welcomed you to the neighborhood. The girls were babies. I have a lot of fond memories of pretzels, tea, running events.. photos to follow!

Condolence from Jackie Pacholke on December 28th, 2021 3:29 pm

May the Lord grant you the peace that passes understanding. What a wonderful life you shared. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Condolence from Cousin Kenny on December 29th, 2021 12:45 pm

Marie will be forever in our thoughts and memories as the angel she has always been. Valerie and I are wishing you love, prayers, and God’s light during this time.

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