Nicki Jo Bodjack Wingeart, age 66 years of Niles, Michigan died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at her home of natural causes.
She was born on September 10, 1952 in Saint Joseph, Michigan to Joseph A. and E. Kathleen (Penwell) Bodjack. She was graduated with the Class of 1970 from Niles High School, and lived in this area most of her life. She was a vocational coach for folks with developmental disabilities, serving for many years at the former Jewish Vocational Services in Detroit, Michigan (now JVS Human Services), and at the Logan Center in South Bend, Indiana.
Nicki’s love for people was extended to love for her pets, and maintaining a bird feeding station in her yard. She also practiced a “green thumb” in her flower and vegetable gardens. Her interest in nature included fishing and hunting, often at her farm in Cass County, Michigan, but also on trips throughout the western United States. Her travels also took her several times to Key West, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Kay Bodjack. She is survived by a sister, Toni (& Fred) Bruegmann of Niles; a nephew, Kyle Bruegmann; and a great circle of wonderful friends.
The family of Nicki Wingeart will receive relatives and friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home, 615 East Main Street in Niles. Contributions in memory of Nicki may be made to the American Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA); 424 East 92nd Street, New York, New York, 10128-6804; https://www.aspca.org/.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals