Fr. Lawrence Nickels OFM

May 12, 1952May 1, 2018

Fr. Lawrence Nickels, OFM, Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Tuesday May 1, 2018, at the age of 65. Fr. Larry was born May 12, 1952 in Chicago, IL, the son of Fred L. and Ruth T. Nickels; brother of Mary Ellen Nickels, Fred (Mindy) Nickels, Patty (the late John) Shaw and the late Linda (the late John )Levey; our dear uncle, cousin and dear Franciscan brother, Colleague and friend to many. Fr. Larry entered the Franciscan Order on June 26, 1980 and was ordained a priest June 1, 1986. He served as a Social worker, formation director in St. Louis, director of the Franciscan Connection and served the families of St. Felicitas and St Teresa of Avila parishes in Illinois.

Services: Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 3140 Meramec Street, St. Louis, MO. Visitation will be prior to the Mass of Christian Burial from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Interment will be in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, in St. Louis. Memorials are suggested to the Sacred Heart Province, St. Anthony Friary, 3140 Meramec Street St. Louis, MO 63118-4399. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary. Condolences may be offered at


  • Sacred Heart Province


  • Visitation Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, May 5, 2018

Fr. Lawrence Nickels OFM

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Knights of Columbus of Greater St. Louis

May 8, 2018

The KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS of Greater St. Louis extend their deepest prayerful sympathy on the passing of FR. LAWRENCE NICKELS, OFM, of St. Anthony of Padua Friary and Franciscan Connection, who served the Catholic faithful of that parish and the needy of St. Louis City for many years. We pray that God grants Fr. Lawrence Eternal Rest in the company of the Saints--and know that he will be remembered in our Purgatorial Masses and Prayers! Know of our consolation to the Franciscan family and his family on his passing.

KNIGHTS of COLUMBUS of Greater St. Louis

Steve Harman

May 7, 2018

I was saddened to hear that Fr. Larry passed away. I have fond memories from our school days of a kind, gentle and loving soul, always there to talk and listen. I was not at all surprised when he became a Franciscan. It just fit. I also remember a visit to his lovely family's home where Mrs. Nickles made the best red sauce I ever tasted, and in their generous family spirit, even taught me how to do it. Live in joy with the Lord Larry.