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Death in our diocesan family: Wilma "Billie" Nichols Schloerb


With sadness we share the news of the death of Wilma “Billie” Nichols Schloerb, 91, on July 25, 2017 at Canterbury Village Assisted Living in West Orange. Billie was the mother of retired diocesan staff member Kitty Kawecki. A memorial gathering will take place on Saturday, July 29 from 4-7 PM at Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave. in Cedar Grove. There will be a celebration of Billie’s life on Monday, July 31 at 11 AM at St. Peter’s Church, 70 Maple Road in Morristown. Memories and condolences may be shared at

Born in Batavia, NY on June 1, 1926, Billie also lived in Buffalo, NY, Glen Cove, NY, Randolph, NJ and Morris Plains, NJ. She graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College where she met the love of her life, Jack; they married in 1947. Billie taught for many years, retiring in 1985. She enriched the lives of the children under her care at the North Shore Country Day School, Locust Valley Public School System, both in New York, and the Morris School District in New Jersey. After retirement, Billie was a faithful member and volunteer at St. Peter’s Church in Morristown.

Billie was predeceased by her husband of almost 50 years, Jack, and her sisters, Carroll and Jean. She is survived by her daughter Kitty Kawecki (Keith) and a son, Jeffrey, as well as granddaughters, Haley Grieco (Chris) and Brooke Nielsen (Justin) and two great-granddaughters, Giuliana and Ava. She is also survived by Donald Dillon who was a schoolmate since 1st grade. They reconnected in 2013 and shared a wonderful relationship of time and travel until 2015 when Billie was no longer able to travel.

Billie was loved by all who knew or even met her. She had the gift of warmth and always made people feel special.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, to please consider a donation to Frost Valley YMCA, 2000 Frost Valley Road, Claryville, NY 12725 (

Lord, for your faithful people life is changed, not ended. When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven. Lord, grant eternal rest, forever in the radiance of your light. Amen.