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Edward Marion Nickels, 89

Edward Marion Nickels, 89, a former Chicago police officer, died on May 2, 2020. Edward retired as the commander of the Bomb and Arson Division of the Chicago Police Department, after 31 years of dedicated police service. While rising in the ranks of the department and raising a family with four daughters, he took courses at night to earn a degree of Bachelor of Arts from DePaul University. He later attended DePaul University School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate degree. After retiring from the department, Edward was appointed as the director of Arson Investigations for the office of the State Fire Marshal.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Stephany Nickels (née Madrzyk). He was the loving father of Rhonda Nickels, Carolyn (Daniel) Offenbach, Kimberly (Edward) Zurawski, and Pamela (Leslie) Caligiuri. He was the proud grandfather of Gwendolyn, Bridget, Emily, Alex, Adam, Rachel, Edward, Hayden, Jennifer, Kristy, and Laura and great-grandfather of eight. Edward is preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Leo, Victoria, Lillian, Irene, Alfreida, and Alfred. He was the fond uncle and friend to many.
Services are private. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, Justice, Ill.
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