Nicolene F. Cravotta

Died: Mon., Jun. 12, 2017


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jun. 16, 2017
Location: James F. Ferguson Funeral Home

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Fri., Jun. 16, 2017
Location: James F. Ferguson Funeral Home

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passed away on  Monday, June 12, 2017 at Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, Latrobe, PA.  She was born August 09, 1947 in Indiana, PA, the daughter of  Angelo Cravotta and Ruth (Palmer) Cravotta.  Nikki received her Master's Degree in Education from IUP and taught English in the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District for 33 years.  She loved teaching and never gave that up even upon retirement.  She taught beginner Genealogy classes.  She was interested in history of everything!  Nikki belonged to the Blairsville Underground Railroad Historical society and participated in re-enactments at the Blairsville Cemetery.  She lived her life in service to God, family and friends.  She was deeply involved with the Western Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference and served on many committees.  Nikki taught courses for the Western Pa Lay Ministry School and even wrote a course.  Nikki was an author and avid reader. She loved the years she spent volunteering at IRMC Surgical Family waiting room.  She was always moved to help people.  Nikki will be deeply and sadly missed by her pets, family and friends.  She is survived by her sister, Angela Calabrese & husband, Vince of Blairsville, PA; nephew, Thomas McAfoos of Black Lick, PA; nephew, Cory McAfoos of Blairsville, PA; great nephew, Otto Bloom; great nephew, Nicholas McAfoos; nephew, Chad Calabrese; nephew, Camden Calabrese and also her good friend, Sherry Hackworth & husband, Paul.  She was preceded in death by her sister,  Margaret Josephine Cravotta.  The family will receive friends at the James F. Ferguson Funeral Home, Inc., Blairsville, PA on Friday, June 16, 2017 from 3:00 PM  to 7:00 PM, the time of the funeral service.  Rev. Brett Dinger will officiate.

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Rev. Warren C. Cravotta
   Posted Tue June 13, 2017
Nikki, You were a great cousin and will be deeply missed by all of us. I am certain that God will continue to use you in Heaven. Love you, Rev. Warren Cravotta.

Bernie & BL Taylor
   Posted Tue June 13, 2017
Oh Nikki, how we will miss you. I have known you since the 2nd grade and we became fast friends for over 35 years! Our late night talks, the trips, shopping, eating out, and your wonderful support of BL as he attended Duke for his Divinity degree. For the longest time we considered ourselves to be the 3 Musketeers. You have always been there for us and cheered us on through all our ups and downs. I can only hope we did the same for you. Angela, Thomas, and Cory -- she LOVED you so much -- don't ever doubt that! She will be with us always and we will get to see her again.

Don and Pam Smith
   Posted Tue June 13, 2017
Angela and the family, Pam and I were so sorry to learn about Nikki. We offer our deepest sympathy to you and the family. We pray for all of you.
Nikki meant so much to us, and all of you helped us time and time again.
Thank you for all you did. Don and Pam.

Bill Swanson
   Posted Wed June 14, 2017
My deepest sympathy to Nikki's family. We go way back to church days. God bless and comfort you all.

Rev. Warren C. Cravotta
   Posted Wed June 14, 2017
Nikki, You were a great cousin. You will be missed by everyone who loved you. I am certain that God is using you in His Heavenly Choir.

Carol (Howard) Lewis
   Posted Wed June 14, 2017
Angela and family, you have my deepest sympathy. Nikki was a wonderful person. I remember spending time with "the gang" at her house many times. She had a beautiful smile and a wonderful heart. I know the Lord is using her strong convictions in Heaven. May her strength and enduring love give you peace.

Rod Olson
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
My deepest sympathies to Angela, Denise all of Nikki's family.

Allie James
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
Love you forever, my dear cousin, Nikki. Our connection through our parents and grandparents ran deep, and did we have the stories to share! Your passing leaves a deep hole in our lives. God keep you in his lovIng care.

Tom Keough
   Posted Thu June 15, 2017
Dear Angela,My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.My mom and grandmother talked of the fond memories they had when they made visits to Black Lick.
God Bless,Tom

Vickie Baxter
   Posted Sat June 17, 2017
Dear Angela and family
I am so sorry I just found out a few minutes ago that Nikki had passed away. A friend of mine, mentioned it and since I don't get the paper I did not know.
I got on the computer right away to see when the viewing was and found out it was yesterday. I feel so bad, she is my neighbor and I did not even know how sick she must of been. I talked with her a short time ago at Walmart and noticed how thin she was.
Please accept my sincere sympathy. I know how close the two of you were and she will be missed by your boys and all.
I am sorry I did not get to come to the funeral home. Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.

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