Nicole (“Niki”) Espino, 50, of Wesley Chapel, FL passed away in the comfort of her home Sunday,
December 11, 2022. She was surrounded by her immediate loved ones as she transitioned to her eternal
Niki was predeceased by her father (Bob Jones) and grandparents (Jack and Marian Jones, and Starry
and Gladys Brinovec). She leaves behind her loving family: Husband (J.R.), children (Tyler and Dani),
grandson (Zane), mother (Janet Jones, nee Brinovec), sister (Emily [Darrin] Schairer, nee Jones; their
children Chloe and Claire), parents-in-law (Roy and Lydia), siblings-in-law (Rey [Joanne], Malou, Lyn
[Ian], Archie, Ron [May], Lilian [John], and Angel [Jun]), and the dozens of her siblings-in-law’s children
Niki was a bright and intelligent Human Resources professional; academically knowledgeable with a
degree in Organizational Psychology, and culturally knowledgeable with her travels and love of books,
history, the arts, theater, television, and cinema. Although she was an avid reader who often preferred
stories told in the written form over the film or television rendition, she truly enjoyed going to the movie
theater with family and friends, or cozying up on the couch watching her favorite shows past and
present. Niki leveraged this balance of academic and cultural intelligence when she and her family and
friends would enjoy “Trivia Night”. If the trivia’s theme was “Friends”, Disney, Stephen King, pop culture,
or historical events others hardly stood a chance.
Though a fierce trivia competitor, Niki was kind, loving, generous, and humble. She was generous with
her time and was the best gift giver; gifting the things you didn’t know you wanted or needed until she
gave them to you. Most often, her gift giving followed some sort of theme.
Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she and her family moved to Florida in 2021 after having spent
many-a-vacation in the Sunshine State; the intent of their move being to enjoy all that Florida has to
offer… to live where people vacation. This satisfied her love of Disney by living so close to Walt Disney
World and Port Canaveral where she and her family embarked upon a Disney Cruise earlier this year.
Niki’s wish is to have Celebration of Life Memorials in Florida and in Illinois. Not formal church services,
but gatherings where people can come and go on their own time to pay respects, offer condolences,
share memories and stories, etc. Even in her passing, Niki honors and is respectful of people’s time. Her
wish also includes joining her dad by having her remains spread in Lake of the Woods Canada where she
and her family would enjoy rustic cabin life each summer since she was young; she carried on this same
annual tradition with her own family after her children expressed their love of Canada island life.
Illinois Celebration of Life:
Saturday, January 7 th between 10:00a-6:00p CST
In the clubhouse of Crossings at Geneva Condominium Complex in Geneva, IL:
2684 Stone Circle
Geneva, IL 60134
(behind Delnor Hospital)
Florida Celebration of Life:
Date/Time TBD (end of January or beginning of February)
970 Lake Carillon Dr
St. Petersburg FL 33716
Finger foods, soda, water, and coffee will be served.
Every hour stories and memories can be shared; again, allowing attendees to come and go freely.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any Cancer Research or Resource Center of your choosing;
LivingWell Cancer Resource Center in Geneva, IL, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, and Susan G.
Komen are organizations that are meaningful for Niki and her family.