Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant, Nichole.
Nichole Lynn Block was born June 11, 1976, to Tom and Jerilyn “Jeri” (Potter) Boldebuck in Seward. By God’s grace, she received the blessings of Holy Baptism on July 4, 1976, and received the rite of confirmation on April 8, 1990, both at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Staplehurst. Nichole graduated from Seward High School in 1994 and attended Wayne State for a year, studying journalism. Nichole was united in marriage to Edgar (Ed) Block on April 12, 1997, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Staplehurst. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Natasha and Aaron.
One of Nichole’s favorite quotes was “Smile, it makes people wonder what you are up to.” Many have said that she lit up the room with her smile. She changed so many lives with all of the people that she came into contact with, both in her personal life and her work life. Nichole enjoyed working with kids, working in various daycares and even watched a few children in her home when her own children were young. She also worked at Our Redeemer school for a while, assisting in various duties.
In 2011, Nichole started working with KVC Behavioral Health Care, helping youth and families with in-home family support and behavioral healthcare. She had been a tracker at Better Living Counseling and currently had been working for Owens and Associates, Inc, a social services organization. She conducted family support and recently started her dream position working with teenagers. Working with the most challenging teens is something she enjoyed.
At Our Redeemer Church, Nichole taught Sunday School with her mother, Vacation Bible School and was the youth director while her children were in Youth Group. She really enjoyed going to the National Youth Gatherings, an uplifting experience.
Nichole loved NASCAR and often attended the races at Kansas Speedway with her family and parents and had been looking forward to the start of the season, watching the Daytona 500 in February. She even got her granddaughter, Sasha, involved in watching races. Sasha then started cheering for her favorite driver – Go Chase!
Nichole enjoyed bowling and bowled on a league for many years and had been currently bowling on a mixed league with her family. She even coached the high school bowling teams for a while. She was interested in 4-H and was a leader while her children were in 4-H. She liked doing things with her kids and especially spending quality time with her granddaughter.
In February 2020, Nichole was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. She went through surgeries, chemo and a clinical trial over the past three years, all the while sharing her journey on Facebook with her prayer warriors and keeping a smile on her face and a positive attitude because she knew that God was beside her in this challenge.
On Jan. 10, 2023, having reached the age of 46 years, 7 months, 30 days, God graciously received Nichole from this vale of tears to His eternal home in heaven.
Nichole is survived by her husband, Ed Block; children, Natasha Block and Aaron Block; grandchild, Sasha Craig; parents, Tom and Jeri Boldebuck; grandmother, Viola Boldebuck-Zwick; parents in law, Ken and Marlene Block; brothers-in-law, David (Beth) Block, Paul (Emily) Block; and sisters-in-law, Denise (John) Carley, Dawn (Bruce) Schoepflin, Lois (Todd) Brown, and Dorene Davies, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.
Nichole was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Tim Block; and grandparents, Edward and Elda Potter and Ewald Boldebuck.
The funeral service was Jan. 16 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Staplehurst. Nichole will be laid to rest in church cemetery to await the glorious day of the resurrection of all the dead. Arrangements by Volzke Funeral Home.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15)