Penny Nichols Aronson, 83, of Forest Park, died on Friday, June 23, 2023, due to congestive heart failure. Born on March 3, 1940 in Casper, Wyoming to Roland K. Nichols and Kathryn Stitt Nichols, she was raised in Westchester, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, and attended Woodbury College in Burbank, earning a degree in business administration in 1960.
She was employed with United Airlines, where she met Al Aronson, whom she married on Dec. 22, 1962. Through Al, she had two stepsons: Jeff Aronson and Lee Aronson. She spent the last two decades of her career with S&S Hinge Co., a family-owned manufacturer located in Bloomingdale, Illinois. Her work friends were like a second family to her.
While not a world traveler, she thoroughly enjoyed visiting sunny parts of the U.S., particularly those with beautiful pools and beaches. Her family hopes to soon visit her favorite vacation spot, Hawaii, where an intimate tribute to her life will be made and where a portion of her remains will be laid to rest.
Preceded in death by her husband, Alton G. Aronson, in 1992, Penny left behind two daughters: Erica Aronson and Jennifer Aronson Lescohier, as well as two granddaughters, Katherine Lescohier, 21, and Lauren Lescohier, 18.
Her official final resting place is alongside her husband at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Hillside.
Penny did not wish there to be a formal commemoration or celebration of her life, as she would have found the attention embarrassing. She would prefer for loved ones and anyone who knew her to find a way to celebrate her life in any way meaningful to them.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, Penny would encourage and appreciate donations to the American Heart Association.