September 30, 1936 - May 17, 2014 The birds and animals in this world have lost a cherished friend when Carolyn Frances (Rapp) Nicolai, of Santa Clarita, CA was placed in our Lord's hands on May 17, from complications of a stomach infection. She was 77. Born in Seattle, WA on September 30, 1936, Carolyn attended Queen Anne HS, class of '54, and continued her education at University of Washington where she met the love of her life, Dr. Leland Malcolm Nicolai. She studied nursing but left in her junior year to marry Leland on December 21, 1957. During their 56 years of wedded bliss, she was the epitome of an officer's wife, making each house a home despite frequent moves, so that Lee could climb mountains. Along the way, she raised two children, two grandchildren (later adopted), cherished pets, and managed a variety of careers, including cake decorating, Welcome Wagon, realtor, and completing a BS in Social Work at Auburn University in 1976. One of God's angels on earth, she rescued hundreds of animals, both wild and domestic. She nurtured and pampered each animal, giving them shelter and love. If a critter succumbed to injury, the grandest of funerals was held. Her love for animals, nature, flowers, art projects and people imprinted on everything she touched. Her generosity, kindness, and loving nature will be missed by all who knew and loved her. She is predeceased by her parents Ray and Clara Rapp, and is survived by her loving family, her husband Leland, son Jeffrey Stephen, daughter Debra Leigh and son-in-law Brian Moon, grandchildren/children Noelle Michelle and Jeffrey Ray, and many other beloved relatives. Her Celebration of Life will be held on May 30th from 10am to 12pm at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road Santa Clarita, CA 91350. The family requests that any memorial donations be made to Carolyn's favorite charities:
, ASPCA, World Wildlife Fund, or other animal charity or your choice. If you wish to leave remembrances or condolences for the family, please go to www.facebook.com/NicolaiMemorial.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 24, 2014