Nickie Stein

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Lucy Ann "Nickie" Nichols Stein died in Topeka May 3, 2017, at the age of 90. She was born in New York City on December 17, 1926, to Arthur C. and Charity Norfleet Nichols. She grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York and Longmeadow, Massachusetts, then attended Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. From there, she went to New York City to complete a five-year baccalaureate degree from the Columbia University School of Nursing, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. While in New York, she met Joseph Stein, a young physician finishing his neurology residency. They were married in New York in 1950, and had a loving and long marriage until Joe's death in 2013. Following a two-year stint for Joe at Scott Field AFB, Illinois, Nickie and Joe moved to Topeka in 1953. Nickie and Joe loved living in Topeka, where they raised three children and actively participated in local arts, education, and issues. They lived for more than 50 years in the College Hill neighborhood. In 2010, they moved to Brewster Place. During her career, Nickie worked in diverse roles as a registered nurse in nearly every hospital in Topeka, including Stormont-Vail, St. Francis and the Menninger Foundation's psychiatric hospital. She also worked as an instructor and mentor of LVNs and RNs. She was a legislative lobbyist for the Kansas State Nurses Association and the League of Women Voters. In 1972 she completed a Masters in Education Administration degree at Washburn University. Nickie was an avid supporter of arts and culture in Topeka, from silent films, to theater, art and historical exhibits, classical music and jazz. For many years, she was a panelist for The Panel of American Women, a diverse group of women who fostered open and inclusive discussions about how to acknowledge and resist racial and religious prejudice in the community. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters, and she and Joe worked with local progressive political projects throughout their lives in Topeka. Nickie also loved being in the natural beauty of the outdoors. She often reminisced about her earliest childhood memories of playing in the wild woods around the Hudson Valley village where she grew up. She and Joe avidly hiked in the Rocky Mountains, and took the family on countless camping vacations to many US national parks. They also loved traveling and exploring US cities, and cultural and historical sites abroad. She is survived by her three children - Janet (Christopher Rauschenberg) in Portland, Mark (Jill Kleven) in Albuquerque, and Naomi in Topeka; by her grandsons - Joshua Stein (Rebecca) and Brian Gallego (Michelle), and by her two wonderful great- grandsons - Elliott and Ambrose Stein. She also is survived by her brother - Arthur N. Nichols (Terry) and many nieces and nephews. She leaves behind a lifetime of valued friends in Topeka and throughout the country. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to that will work for the goals Nickie cared about: Access to excellent education; equal justice and rights for all; protection of our natural world; art, music and theater enrichment; or others.

Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on May 5, 2017