Malec & Sons Funeral Home

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In Loving Memory of Sara Evelyn Nicoll

December 1, 1928October 30, 2019

Sara Nicoll (Marks), born on December 1, 1928 in the Bronx, died peacefully in her Bethany Retirement Community apartment in Chicago on October 30, 2019. Daughter of a newspaperman at the New York Times, graduate of Hunter College (‘51). Married, had two children, Nicole Gotthelf and Dr. Eric Gotthelf. Late in life she remarried Dr. Sherwood Jacobson and they enjoyed several happy years together.

She worked 6 years for Dr. Aronson at the American Museum of Natural History and later started her own successful academic manuscript typing business on an IBM Selectric Typewriter and made the smooth transition to word-processing. With the advent of PCs, Sara moved into publishing.

Sara was flamboyant with a joie de vivre that was unparalleled. She was very artistic, immersing herself in theater, music, opera, and photography. She played the classical guitar and sang. She anticipated each new opera season and dressed accordingly. She surrounded herself with artistic and creative people from all over the world.

A lifelong Francophile, she enrolled her New York born children at the Lycée Français de New York and sent them off to sleep away camp in France in 1967.

Sara led an adventurous and active life, as a world traveler, playing tennis, bridge and scrabble. And later, she loved nothing more than reading a good mystery novel. A fabulous cook and gourmand, she hosted many parties at her home.

She was a prolific writer of Letters to the New York Times, with over 20 published that she displayed on her walls.

A real beauty, Frank Sinatra once kissed her on her left cheek! She is still swooning!

A quintessential New Yorker of 84 years, she relocated to Chicago in October 2015 and enjoyed 4 years of being a transplanted New Yorker trying to like mid-west food. She took great pleasure in eating out, especially enjoying a good 2 lbs lobster, smoked sturgeon and sushi. Proceeded in death by her husband, Dr. Sherwood Jacobson, and her parents Emanuel (Manny) and Rae Nicoll. She is survived by her sister, Dr. Dolores Nicoll, and her children, Nicole and Eric.

There will be a celebration of life in New York City on November 17th and, one on December 1st from 2 - 6 PM at Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 N. Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60640.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Hunter College, her alma mater, in NYC or Central Park Conservancy, Adopt-A-Bench fund.


1 December

Celebration of Life Service

2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bethany Retirement Community

4950 N. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60640


In Loving Memory of Sara Evelyn Nicoll

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