In her early 20s, Estelle Nuebling went skiing in Switzerland. One night she stayed out too late and got locked out of her hotel. Not one to shy away from an adventure, Estelle had her friends throw her the end of a sheet to pull her in through the window.
On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at the age of 68 and still full of the spirit of adventure, Estelle grabbed hold of her next big adventure, this time going into the afterlife.
Born in Shenandoah, Pa., to Charles and Stella Bokus, Estelle loved many things - traveling the world, skiing the highest mountains, riding the fastest horses, and holding the biggest parties. There was nothing she loved more, though, than her family. Estelle went out of her way to find ways to spoil her four grandchildren. Being with Mia, Brenden, Kyle and Emily was where she was most happy.
Estelle moved around quite a bit while her children were young, putting herself through college, holding down different jobs and even building a thriving hot sauce business in Pennsylvania. She was a strong single mother, remembered by her children Nicole and Chris, as mother, father, coach and protector. She never complained, and she always made sure there were big Christmases and birthday parties every year. When she received a breast cancer diagnosis at 45, she prayed to live to see her then 15-year-old son’s high school graduation. Not only did she make that, but also both her children’s weddings, and the births of her grandchildren.
Estelle believed in making every day a memory, and lived it with things like living room dance parties with her children, and ice cream and waffles for breakfast with her grandchildren, because “Ice cream is milk, after all.”
When she finally retired, Estelle achieved her dream of living on a warm, sunlit beach when she bought her home in Mexico. She walked on the beach every day collecting rocks and shells to paint, and set about making life better for children there. She raised money for a local orphanage called Nana’s House. At Christmas, Estelle would set up a tree in a local restaurant and get all her friends to pick a child to buy presents for. If there was a friend in need, Estelle was the first to step up, holding chili cook-offs and pasta dinners to help.
Estelle will no longer have to worry about the clinking of her empty coffee cups piling up in the back of her car or be frustrated by someone being late to anything.
She leaves behind her beloved children: Chris Nuebling (Nadia) and Nicole Groll (Jason); her very much-loved grandchildren: Mia Nuebling, Brendan Groll, Kyle Nuebling and Emily Groll; her brother, Raymond Bokus; and her sister, Charlotte Hricisak.
Services will be private. All are invited to join via livestream Wednesday, April 7, at 3 p.m., by visiting http://www.parsellfuneralhomes.com/obituaries/permalink/9908112/LTWebcast.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes.
The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Estelle’s favorite charity, Nana’s House at h4mx.org.
Please visit Estelle’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign her virtual guestbook at www.parsellfuneralhomes.com.