Age 80, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. She was born in 1933, in Paris, France, to Roger Lelievre Erell and Marjorie (Winbolt-Lewis) Lelievre. Nicolette spent much of her childhood in Paris and LeHavre, France where her grandparents lived. During the war she and her mother moved around frequently and she spent time in London, England, South Africa, Brazzaville, Congo, where her father lived, and Lisbon, Portugal. While living in LeHavre, she experienced the Allied bombing of German-occupied France. Nicolette met and married Melvin Applebaum in Paris where he was studying under the G.I. Bill. They had four children after moving to the U.S. and settling in N. California. They later divorced and Nicolette moved to San Francisco, CA, where she met Reed Abrahamson when they worked together at French Medical Center. Reed and Nicolette moved to Duluth, MN and married in 1976. They had a wonderful friendship together for 40 years.
Nicolette was a quiet, thoughtful person, a terrific cook and talented artist. In her later years she made many beautiful art quilts that emphasized her love of nature, and Asian and African cultures. She had a special fondness for egrets and chickens.
Nicolette is survived by her husband, Reed Abrahamson; son, Keith Applebaum (Julia) of Roseburg, OR; daughters: Julianna Riggs (Jim) of Sultan, WA; Gina Berberian (Richard) of San Jose, CA; Monique Blankenheim (Matt) of Santa Rosa, CA; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Roger and Marjorie.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in the spring.