Mary Lou Nixdorf (1926 - 2012)

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Mary Lou Nixdorf, of 5020 Lynnhaven Parkway, formerly of Euclid Avenue in Olean, passed away Monday (July 23, 2012) in her home after a long illness.
Born May 28, 1926, in Allegany, she was a daughter of Edwin and Frances Carroll McCabe. On Aug. 21, 1954, in Allegany, she married William H. Nixdorf, who predeceased her Oct. 22, 1991.
Mrs. Nixdorf was a graduate of Allegany High School and attended Westbrook Commercial Academy in Olean. From 1948 until the early 1950s, she worked as the secretary to the Dean of Education at St. Bonaventure University. She moved from Olean to Virginia Beach in 2008 to be closer to her family.
She attended both St. John's Church and St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean and was active in many community activities over the years. She was a past president of the Bartlett Country Club Women's Golf League and was a past president of the Parent-Teacher Association. She served as a member of the City of Olean Drug Council from 1966 to 1967 and was the chairperson for 39 years for the Olean General Hospital Auxiliary sewing group. She also volunteered as an Olean General Hospital Auxiliary board member. In addition, she volunteered for the March of Dimes, the American Cancer Society and for the Remedial Reading Program.
Mrs. Nixdorf enjoyed entertaining, bowling, golfing, gardening, crocheting, sewing and traveling.
She is survived by her children, Maureen, Sharron Horner and William (Stephanie VanDixon) Nixdorf, both of Virginia Beach; a granddaughter, Heather Callier; a sister, Rose Schoop of Pleasanton, Calif.; a nephew, Michael Schoop; and her special friend, Maggie Eidem of Olean.
In addition to her loving husband of 37 years, she was predeceased by a brother, Terry McCabe; a sister-in-law, Marion McCabe; and her first husband, Bill Tenney.
Friends will be received at the Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean, on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday (July 28, 2012), beginning with a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the funeral home and followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary of the Angels Church at 10 a.m. The Rev. Gregory Dotson, pastor, will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to a . Online condolences may be expressed at
Published in The Olean Times Herald on July 26, 2012