SOUTHBRIDGE — Catherine E. “Cathy” (DiGregorio) Nikolla, 63, passed away, September 4,  peacefully at home surrounded by her family after a long illness.

She is survived by her sons Gregory M. Nikolla and his wife Sunni of Sturbridge, and Michael E. Nikolla of Los Angeles; and her grandson Evan, whom she adored. She also is survived by her former husband Theodore Nikolla and his wife Patricia of Southbridge, her brother David and his wife Jan DiGregorio of Southbridge, her sisters Mary Beth Parent and her husband Danny of Fiskdale,  Julie Begin and her husband Rick of Milford, and her uncle Fred DiGregorio of Southbridge.  She also leaves her nieces and nephews Dana Lee DiGregorio-Mallon, Lauren DiGregorio, Nicholas DiGregorio, Christopher Parent, Daniel Parent, Paul Bastien, Michelle Bastien, Candace Staples, and Marc Respass.  She also leaves many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Cathy was born in Worcester, daughter of the late Rudi (Rudolph) and Constance (Gravel) DiGregorio and has lived in Southbridge all her life.  She graduated from the former Marianhill Central Catholic High School Class of 1973, and obtained her BA from UMass.  She was a lifelong member of Saint Mary’s Church  (St. John Paul II Parish).  Cathy was employed at Mapfre Insurance Company , retiring due to illness.  She was a member of the Southbridge Town Council for nine years and served as its chairwoman from 2008-2009 & 2011-2013. Cathy enjoyed traveling, art, and especially her favorite sports team the Boston Celtics, but she most enjoyed spending time with her family.


The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, September 16, at Saint Mary’s Church, 263 Hamilton Street, Southbridge. Calling hours will be Sunday, September 15, from 4-7 p.m. at Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge.  Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Cathy’s name to the Cancer Center, 55 Sayles Street, Southbridge, MA 01550.

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