Barbara Louise Nichol Hollinger, 78, family historian who enjoyed genealogy

Barbara Louise Nichol Hollinger, 78, of Virginia Beach, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020, after a brief illness. She was born April 16, 1941, in Worthington, Pennsylvania, to the late Omer and Ethel (Shearer) Nichol.

She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Michael Joseph Kolakowski; and two brothers, Omer (William) Nichol of Worthington and Robert Nichol Sr. of Freeport.

She graduated from Worthington-West Franklin High School in 1959. She retired from Altoona Area School District after 23 years of service. She then lived for several years in Calabash, North Carolina, and also in Manor Township, Pennsylvania. Most recently, she resided near her son in Chesapeake. She was an avid reader of history and biographies and collected movies. Known as the family historian, she enjoyed tracing the family genealogy and updating the Nichol, Shearer and Ruffaner family trees.

She is survived by one brother, James Nichol of Eighty-Four, Pennsylvania; twin daughters Donna Piper of Ford City and Debra Smith of Orlando, Florida; one son, Derek and Barbara (Mineweaser) Piper of Chesapeake; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Lerner) Harmon of Ford City, Ryan Lerner of Ford City, Dylan Piper-Stitt of Ford Cliff, Courtney Piper of Orlando, Florida, Matthew and Deanna (Piper) Whitley of Charlotte, North Carolina, Elena Piper of New York, New York, and Erica Piper of Chesapeake; and four great-grandsons, Ashton Piper, Archie Piper, Amaree Piper and Cooper Whitley.

Private burial will be held for immediate family. A celebration of life event will be held locally in June.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, 733 Third Ave., Suite 510, New York, NY 10017.

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