Saturday, February 15, 2014
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Hildegard (Hildy) Welsch Nickler, 86, of Summerland Key, Fla., passed December 19, 2013.

She was born in Elkhart, Ind., Feb. 25, 1927 to Ernest G. and Barbara (Ebinger) Welsch. She was married to Arthur Nickler in 1945. She later married John Dickinson of Little Torch Key, Florida in 2001. John died in 2004.

Hildy loved living in the Keys. Some of her greatest joys were spending time with her friends and helping her community in many different ways.

Hildy loved her family more than anything. She is survived by her daughter. Cynthia Nickler Alwood and son-in-law, Rick Oxford of Santa Barbara, Calf.; three brothers, Ernest Welsch, Englewood, Fla.; Herbert (Carol) Welsch, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Kurt (Judy) Welsch, Pittsburgh, Penna. She is also survived by two grandsons, Michael (Jennifer) Alwood, Forestville, Calf.; Christopjer (Aimee) Alwood of Foothill Ranch, Calf.; and four great children.

She had a very special relationship with her daughter, Cindy. They traveled the world together, and, although they were often apart geographically, their hearts always beat as one.

Please come celebrate a life well lived at a memorial service to be held at the Big Pine Key Methodist Church on Key Deer Blvd. at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, officiated by Pastor Joyce Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Big Pine Methodist Church, 280 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key, FL, 33043, Attn: Pastor Joyce Alexander. Please mark your check "In memory of Hildy Nickler." The donations will be used to help purchase an organ for the church.

Hildy was a kind and caring person, truly a blessing. Her beautiful smile was a beacon of light to those who knew her. She was loved by all and will be greatly missed.