Lucille Nickerson, 86, formerly of Stockbridge

In 1971 she bought a house in Stockbridge and renovated it to make it her home and antique store, Tom Carey's Place Antiques.

Lucille W. Nickerson, 86, died April 13, 2020, at the Landing at Laurel Lake with her daughter by her side.

Lucille Nickerson

She was born March 7, 1934, in Providence, Rhode Island, daughter of Meyer (Mike) and Ida (Nulman) Wassell. Her early years were spent between Providence and Miami Beach. She came to Stockbridge in 1966 and fell in love with the town. She brought her children up from Florida and made the town her home for the next 54 years.

She graduated from Boston University with a degree in fine art and interior design. Lucille’s life revolved around art. Painting, interior design, sculpture, embroidery, and knitting were only a few of her talents. In 1971 she bought a house in Stockbridge and renovated it to make it her home and antique store, Tom Carey’s Place Antiques. Her specialties were clocks, early American furniture and art glass. She was a real estate agent for Barnbrook Realty, a founding member of the Southern Berkshire Antiques Association, and was involved with the Stockbridge Chamber of Commerce.

She leaves her daughter, Judy Wheeler (John); son David Kestenman (Zandra); grandsons Max and Lukas Wheeler, and Ethan and Jesse Kestenman; stepchildren Sheila Nickerson, and Lucas and Mary Moore; sister Elaine Wassell Kaufman; and her former husband, Ronald J. Nickerson. She was predeceased by her stepson, John F. Nickerson.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lucille may be made to the Guthrie Center c/o Finnerty & Stevens Funeral Home, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. To send remembrances to the family, go to www.finnertyandstevens.com.