Beth Nickel

October 22, 1979 – February 2, 2021
Beth passed away peacefully with her husband and mother at her side. She had a short illness that ended a life most noted in the community for her exceptional viola music skills. She performed in many orchestras and ensembles around the lower mainland and Vancouver and contributed greatly to the musical culture of Abbotsford. She was a noted music teacher, teaching privately but also involved in the Bakerview Music Academy. She headed up the Abbotsford Music Festival for many years and was a member of the Abbotsford Music Association.

In addition to her music involvements she was also active in the South Poplar School PAC, serving as president at the time of her death.

She is survived by her husband Joel Nickel whom she met while they studied at UBC. They were married August 4, 2002. They have 3 children: Elijah, Katie and Ethan.

Beth leaves her parents, Ron and Leila Schaufele of Bow Island, Alberta and her parents-in-law, David and Ruth Nickel of Abbotsford to cherish her memory.

She also leaves behind many siblings: Ronelle (Nigel Boehm) Schaufele, Clark (Katherine Dowling), Laurence (Monique Bishun) Schaufele, Alex Schaufele, and Graham Schaufele, Graham (Sharon) Nickel, Clayton (Delayne) Nickel, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service was held on February 10th and can be viewed at


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