Nikki Exel
A visitation we be held on Thursday October 12, 2023 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Lucknow.
A Funeral Service will be conducted at the Lucknow Christian Reformed Church on Friday October 13, 2023 at 1:00 PM.
293 Place Street, Lucknow, Ontario

South Kinloss Cemetery, Lucknow.
In Memory of
Nikki Exel
September 23rd, 1945 - October 6th, 2023

Place of Death

Huron Hospice, Clinton, Ontario.


Nikki Exel, of Lucknow, passed away on October 6 2023. She was 78 years old. She was the beloved wife of Eric for 59 years. Dear mother of Dave Exel, Sandra & Reid Murray, Bev Exel & Denis Degen, and Lori & Scott MacKinnon. Missed by her grandchildren Melissa & Brandon Wilhelm, Cameron Exel & Marija Jovanovic, Donelda & Mathew Radojcin, Shania Murray & Daryl Koch, Rachel Clark & Richard Tep, Ryan & Caitlin Clark, Liam MacKinnon, Seamus MacKinnon, and Barbara MacKinnon. She was the proud great grandma of Cleo, Henry, and Morgan. Survived by her siblings Johanna Searle, Janet & Paul Gunter, Gert & Ruth deJong, and brother-in-law Jim Sutherland. Predeceased by her parents Gerda & Jelle deJong, grandson Eric Exel, sister Syka Sutherland and brother-in-law Bill Searle. 

Nikki was born in Ee, Friesland, Netherlands on September 23, 1945. In 1952 she and her family moved to Canada. When they arrived in their new country the family moved in with her Uncle Tom on a farm in Kinloss Township. Time passed and she grew up loving living and working on the farm. She worked as a cashier at the Lucknow grocery store before she met and married Eric Exel on September 25, 1964 at the Lucknow Community Christian Reformed Church. The church was an important part of Nikki's life. She was a founding member. During the early years of their marriage they lived around Brussels, until in April of 1972 they purchased a dairy farm on the 4th concession of Kinloss, just outside of Whitechurch. Nikki and Eric farmed and raised their family on that farm for 22 years. They moved to the outskirts of Lucknow in 1993. They built their own home throughout the summer of that year and moved in on October 3, 1993.  After moving to Lucknow from the farm, Nikki took a job at IC Greenhouses outside of Ripley and continued to work there until her retirement. 

In the fall of 2022 she was diagnosed with Bile Duct Cancer. She proceeded to have chemotherapy and radiation treatments in London, but unfortunately these efforts did not halt the cancer. She succumbed to her illness at Huron Hospice Clinton on October 6, 2023 just after noon. Her daughter Bev was by her side. During her final days she was never alone. Her family and the exemplary staff at Huron Hospice cared for her until the end. 


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Message from Karla Hogan 2023-10-14 17:15:20
My sincere condolences to you, Eric, your children, grandchildren and all of the families. Nikki was a lovely, friendly lady. You have a new guardian angel to watch over all of you. Rest In Peace, Nikki.
Message from Tim and Nancy Potter2023-10-13 19:30:24
So sorry to hear of Nikki's passing. Our heartfelt condolences to Eric, Johanna, Janet and Gert and families. Many fond memories of times spent with Sykes family. Thinking of you all at this sad time. Nancy and Tim
Message from Dale and Terry Taylor2023-10-13 14:09:45
Dear Eric and Family. We only learnt of Nikki’s passing this afternoon. I am saddened and actually a bit shocked. If we had known earlier you can be sure you each would be receiving a huge hug . I am so very thankful I saw Nikki at the Wingham Hospital this spring, while I was volunteering at their Gift Shop. We had a really great talk. I thought Nikki looked so well at that time, never realizing what was to be. I will remember her always, from being our close neighbours, to a happy ,kind mother, wife and friend. Our sincere condolences to you and your family Eric. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts.
Message from Richard Duiker2023-10-13 08:59:35
My condolences to the Exel family. Nikki will be very missed by all that knew her. Richard
Message from Karla Hogan 2023-10-12 17:51:38
My sincere condolences to you, Eric, your children, grandchildren and all of the families. Nikki was a lovely, friendly lady. You have a new guardian angel to watch over all of you. Rest In Peace, Nikki.
Message from Gerry and Diane Damsma2023-10-12 10:07:17
Eric and family . Gerry and I sent you our condolences. We wish you God's nearness and strength' We had hoped to be able to come to the service but because of Covid which we both have we can't. I remember working with Nikki at the greenhouses. We had some swell times together. She was a beautiful lady inside and out and will be missed. I am sad for you guys, but happy for her. No more suffering.. With love Diane d
Message from Diane and Don Thompson 2023-10-10 17:09:49
Eric We are so sorry to hear of Nikki’s passing. Our condolences to you and your family Diane and Don Thompson
Message from Ben and Linda Beishuizen2023-10-10 14:47:34
Eric and family our deepest sympathy with the passing of Nikki!!
Message from Steven and Kim Eadie2023-10-10 08:00:01
Our deepest sympathy Eric to you and your family on the passing of Nikki.
Message from John MacKinnon and Margaret D’Agostino2023-10-10 06:53:51
Lori, Scott, Liam, Semus, Barbara, and Excel family - we both send you all our deepest condolences. Lori your mom was always so welcoming to your PEI in laws and we truly appreciated that . She lead a full life full for hard work and deep love for her family. Hugs to you all over the next few days as you honour her and say goodbye. You are in our thoughts.
Message from Wayne & Laurie Bell2023-10-09 17:44:53
Eric : Sincere sympathy & hugs to you and your family. Nikki was a lovely lady with a bubbly personality & beautiful smile.
Message from Mark Becker2023-10-09 10:17:14
Eric & Family Please accept my sincere condolences to you Eric and your entire family. Unfortunately I am unable to attend the visitation or the funeral. Please know that you are all in my thoughts at this time and Eric I will come over for a visit soon.
Message from Kristine Rasmussen and Stuart Snyder 2023-10-09 09:45:37
Eric, Dave,Sandra, Bev and Lori and families. Nikki fought a brave fight and is now at peace. She will be missed by you, and those that knew her. But there are great memories of her that will soften your loss Please accept our sincerest condolences and know that we are thinking of you at this time Kristine and Stuart
Message from Doug and Nancy Aitchison2023-10-08 22:14:46
Our sincere condolences to the families. She will be missed.
Message from Brad & Sharon Petteplace2023-10-08 19:10:28
Our sympathy to all of Nikki’s family. Our hearts and thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
Message from Steve & Joan Chamney2023-10-08 09:38:54
Sending our sympathies to all of Nikki’s family. Although I knew her forever, I got to really get to know her when we worked at the greenhouse together. She was always such a pleasure to talk to. She took such an interest in people. She will be missed.
Message from Betty mcdonagh2023-10-07 15:05:57
My love and condolences go your way. So sorry. Hugs too all the families