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Marian Madeline Nicholau

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Marian Madeline Nicholau, age 95, attended by her children and their spouses, passed away peacefully on July16 in Paradise, Ca. Marian was born to William and Helen Karneges on November 19, 1919 in Oakland, Ca., the oldest of four sisters. Her early years were spent in Oakland, Sacramento, and Yuba City.

In 1940 she married Nicholas Nicholau and moved to Gridley, Ca., with subsequent moves to Wheatland and Lincoln, Ca. Nick and Marian were loving partners for 62 years.

Marian was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, PTA, Wheatland Supper Club, and the Wheatland Wednesday Club.

She was a favorite school parent who supported every activity of her three children. Her favorite pastimes were reading, cooking, sewing, RV-ing with the Colgate Gang, fishing and nurturing every member of her family. She was able to maintain friendships, conversations, and activities until the last week of her life and was an inspiration to all who knew her. She taught us all how to live with grace, dignity, compassion, and a positive attitude through all of life's changes.

Marian was preceded in death by her beloved Nick, a sister, and a grandson. She is survived by her children Athena Waite (David), William Nicholau (Sandra), and Alexandra Loew (Peter), nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two sisters, a brother-in-law, sister-in- law, and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Sunshine House in Paradise, Ca. for their friendship and care during Marian's last three years. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to any .

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Published in Appeal Democrat on July 26, 2015
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