School 13

Joann Ecke Nichols

1932 ~ 2021 (age 88)


Joann Ecke Nichols


Joann Lee Ecke entered the world in Torrington, Connecticut, the oldest of her siblings, Hal, Dickie, and Jackie. She met her soulmate Nick at a party, was married in 1954 and settled in the home Nick built for them in Winsted. Four children followed over 10 years. Car trips to Florida, vacations at their summer home on the Cape, weekend soirées with friends, and rather large gatherings on holidays (and then some) for family and friends brought Jo and Nick so much joy. Jo loved to travel! She survived chaperoning high schoolers to Russia and travelled extensively alone or with Nick throughout Europe and the Balkans. Extremely well read, she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Library Science and eventually ran libraries at Pearson, Batcheller, Hinsdale, and Greenwoods schools until she retired. Jo was such a historian and could rifle off dates and events of national and world history. She bested everyone in Scrabble... A chef in the kitchen, she was tops in preparing German and Lebanese dishes for every gathering. Her dog Roscoe ensured proper clean up. And with her 10 green fingers, she and Nick created beautiful flowers in her patios and gardens. Left behind are 4 children; Jeff (Winsted), Greg and wife Lorrie (Colebrook), Laurie  and husband Jim (Colorado Springs), and Jim and wife Hui Hua (Torrington); seven grandchildren in Australia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, and Massachusetts;  two great grandchildren; two siblings in Connecticut and one in Texas; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. Joann took her last breath in late April in her home, exactly where she wanted to be.  Her graveside services will be private.  Donations in Jo’s memory can be made to a favorite animal rescue or to further research for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Joann Ecke Nichols, please visit our floral store.

Memorial Tree
A Memorial Tree was planted for Joann

We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Maloney Funeral Home, Inc.

Join in honoring their life - plant a memorial tree


You can still show your support by sending flowers directly to the family, or by planting a memorial tree in the memory of Joann Ecke Nichols
© 2022 Maloney Funeral Home, Inc.. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Accessibility