Note: I’m not really dead. But 365 days ago I was convinced I was going to die when I found out I had cancer. I wrote this soon after and unfortunately my dog Merlee and my cat Oscar have both passed away. I still miss my long hair but am so grateful for these last 52 weeks of life. I’ll write more soon xoxxo
Nicole Rei Burm, from Custer, was born on a warm July 2nd day 1982, lived a beautiful life.
She was the daughter of Patricia (Pat Epright) Burm, Custer and Jack and Linda (Iczkowski) Burm, Amherst Junction. She was the sister to Jocelyn Barnwell, outside Bozeman Montana and the aunt to Jadyn and Jazzelyn. Nicole was a dog mom to Merlee, Kooper and Madison. Cat mom to George and Oscar. And chicken wrangler to many happy hens and a few roosters on her farm Pleasure Pastures. She was also the girlfriend to Mike Proulx.
Nicole attended local schools in Stevens Point and graduated from SPASH in 2000. She moved to Minneapolis and attended The University of Minnesota for three semesters before transferring to The University of Wisconsin at Madison where she was proud to be Wisconsin Badger. Nicole graduated with a degree in Zoology and Environmental Studies in December 2004. She later received an additional Biology degree from UWSP in May 2007.
Nicole was a hard worker and worked hard to provide herself nice things. In high school she worked at Culver’s, in college at Home Depot and then in 2008 she started working at Associated Bank. She always wanted to use her college degrees but her dreams were much bigger.
After a few years as a delivery driver in Central Illinois, Nicole moved home and started her farm, Pleasure Pastures in April 2012. Raising chickens was a dream of hers since she interned at Wildwood Wildlife Park in Minocqua. The funny part was Nicole rarely ate eggs.
Nicole became the Training Specialist in the bank call center in December 2013 and poured her heart into training new colleagues to be the best they could be, not only while at the bank, but in life.
She enjoyed writing, reading, watching tennis, playing volleyball, throwing darts, drinking beer, eating tacos, and most especially spending time with her dogs. Nicole became focused on her health in April 2017 when her grandmother passed away. Fitness and working out was part of her daily life.
In June 2018, she was diagnosed with cancer.
Preceding Nicole in death were her maternal grandparents Fred and Bertha Epright, her paternal grandmother, Alice Burm. Her step mom’s parents Willard and Cecelia Iczkowski. Her cousin Tony Gigliotti and her favorite dog Kosmo. She is survived also by her paternal grandfather Donald Burm, many aunts, uncles, cousins, cousin’s kids and Mike’s amazing family who treated her like their own.
Life is so short and so precious, be grateful for every minute.