06/28/1980 - 01/30/2022
Service Date: 02/20/2022
Service Time: 11:30 AM
Service Location: Gilbert Memorial Park 2100 East Queen Creek Road Gilbert, AZ 85297
Visitation Date: 02/20/2022
Visitation Time: 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Visitation Location: Gilbert Memorial Park

Nicole Picazo’s love of life didn’t come to an end with her death. Nicole passed away on January 30, 2022 at the age of 41 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor her legacy by living their lives to the fullest, much as she did. 

Nicole was born on June 28th, 1980 in San Jose, CA to Georgia and John Picazo. Nicole had a long career with Northern Trust which started in 2008. She continued her career at the Phoenix and Tempe locations when she relocated to Arizona with her husband Matthew in 2014. It is here where Nicole touched the lives of so many. Her great sense of humor and authenticity, exceptional professionalism, pride in her work and leadership will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by many.

The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Nicole. She loved planning events for family and friends. She took a great deal of pride in making sure there was no lack of excitement wherever she went. Known for her quick wit, infectious smile, and a kind and compassionate spirit, she had an uncanny ability to make the little people in her life feel special. Her pleasant personality was contagious to everyone she met.

 Nicole is survived by her husband, Matthew; pups, Decoto and Mesa; sisters, Felicia, GeorgiaLee, Monica; brother, John; and niece and nephews Keylee, Charles, Jayden, John, and Jameson. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, February 20th, 2022 at Gilbert Memorial Park, at 9:30am followed by a reception.


  • Matt,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. While I didn’t know her personally, I know you well enough to say that this tragedy couldn’t have happened to a kinder and more genuine person. I know it will take time to heal, and it will never fully be gone. But time will heal wounds and rely on all of your friends and family for support. The Carbon Black family is here whenever you are ready to come back, and I am available to talk if/whenever you want to.

    Sunil Gopi

  • Nicole was a heart of the Tempe office. I’m so grateful that my path crossed hers in life. She brought such energy and kindness to the world and made the world around her a better place. She will be deeply missed.

  • Nicole will be missed tremendously by so many, our thoughts go to Matt during this time.

  • I met Nicole first day of freshman year at Paly. I was so nervous as I did not know anyone from Paly we were both in a long line and she turns around introduced herself with the most genuine and kind smile ask my name and says “want to be friends?”. And from that moment we became instant friends. Coley I will never forget your beautiful smile and all the fun times we shared as teens. From the sleepovers at your house to all the fun memories all us girls shared together. The world was brighter because you. You we will be greatly missed but never forgotten. My condolences to the Picazo and Irish family. I am praying God gives you the strength needed during this tragic loss. God gained a beautiful Angel ❤ Wendy Flores

  • Nicole will continue to be an inspiration to me for the remainder of my life. She will always be one of the best people I have ever had the honor of knowing. She will be missing from our lives but never our hearts. My thoughts go to her family and all loved ones.

  • May God bless Nicole and her surviving loved ones.

  • My deepest condolences to Nicole’s family. I worked with her in our Phoenix office and always enjoyed talking with her. I’m so sorry to hear that she is no longer with us.

  • My heart ached when I learned Nicole passed away. I had the pleasure of working with her after moving to Arizona. She was always planning celebrations of someone’s birthday or other special event. She was an absolute pleasure to work with and I will miss her dearly. My mother, Elaine and I offer our deepest sympathies to Matt, her siblings, family and friends.

    God Bless You All.

  • Nicole was an amazing spirit in the Tempe office. I worked with her on several projects. She always had a kind and warm way to her. Always willing to have a conversation about anything and always finding humor. My condolences to her family and pups. She will be forever missed!

  • Nicole was a bright spirit. Her light will continue to shine in our hearts.

    Praying for peace and strength.

  • Deepest condolences to your family. What a beautiful person and tragic loss.

  • Nicole was the smile and heart within the Tempe Office. Always willing to speak with you about anything and always finding that inner joy of the day. She will be truly missed. Condolences to her family and friends.

  • Jessica McDonald

    Let not your hearts be troubled. She is now resting in peace and suffers no more. Let Nicole’s spirit and memories comfort your sorrows, give you strength under your wings and liveliness in your hearts to push on one day at a time. Work partners are treasures and will be missed in her office.

  • I only had the pleasure of meeting Nicole once–she and I were introduced when I was visiting the Tempe office and I was struck by her kindness and warmth. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. It was obvious from our short meeting that she was truly special.

  • I never met Nicole face-to-face, but knew her through serving on the Achieving Greater Together committee at Northern Trust. She had a heart to serve and will be sorely missed. Prayers for her friends and family.

  • Nicole was always kind and smiling. What a tragic loss. A beautiful soul is never forgotten.
    Praying for peace and strength.

  • Nicole meant so much to me as a manager, mentor, confidant, and source of positivity. To her, everybody and everything was worth celebrating. She embodied inclusion and made everyone feel welcomed. I will miss her. God bless her loved ones.

  • There is not a time I can recall that I didn’t see Nicole with a smile on her face. She always took the time to ask how anyone was doing and true bright spot in the office. She will undoubtedly be missed by anyone that had the privilege of knowing her.

  • I was so sad to hear this – I worked closely with Nicole to hire for her staff in Tempe – she was so accomodating and easy to work with. She ALWAYS said Hi first if she saw me in the building – she touched a lot of lives in 41 years. Rest in peace.

  • Alexander Falkenstein

    Nicole was a special person. While we only connected through the office, she seemed to embrace each day with an infectious positive energy that would radiant any room she was in. While there are many people who come to work, she made her presence known through her smile and laugh. That is a rare thing in this world today and it’s frustrating that she is gone. I wish I knew words to share that can help alleviate the pain those much closer to her must be feeling right now, but I’m confident that her optimistic influence on others will continue to live on. Nicole was a special person.

  • Nicole was a great partner to work with. Whenever she needed something from the Global Access Provisioning Team she was always pleasant to work with and always patient and understanding. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Carolyn Matthews

    I extend my heartfelt condolences and prayers to Nicole’s family, friends and co workers. May God strengthen and bless you all.

  • Trina McWilliams

    My deepest condolences to the family and all who loved Nicole. May God comfort your broken hearts.

  • Nicole
    Your light will forever shine in my heart. You were and forever will be the best part of everyone you ever touched with your heart, unwavering kindness, and most beautiful soul. I will forever be in your debt for allowing me to be a part of your life. I will never forget our conversations nor will I ever forget how much laughter and joy you brought to me and everyone around you. I take solice in knowing that you are sitting side by side with our lord and savior. Your spirit will live on in those who love you.

  • Nicole will truly be missed. Her smile and beautiful spirit was such a joy to experience around the Tempe office. Her words of encouragement and advice as my mentor will definitely be missed. I am forever thankful for her, her expertise and guidance that assisted with my growth, development and decision making. May God bless her soul and may God bless her family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • My condolences to Nicole’s family and friends. Nicole was full of positive energy, always lighting up the office when she arrived. May she rest in peace.

  • Lorraine Shinder

    My sincere condolences to Matt, her parents, her siblings and all of her friends. She was such a wonderful neighbor, always ready with a warm smile, a big hug and the right words that made my day a little bit better. She was a source of strength to me when my loved one, Joe died. I wish that I could have seen her one more time before she passed. Heaven gained another angel. She will watch over us and continue to share her spirit and kindness. She was so young but her memory will live forever. May she rest comfortably in peace.

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