Mary Lynn Nicklas

Mary Lynn Nicklas, 74, of 227 Wilson Road, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017, at her home, after a lengthy illness.

She was born August 4, 1942, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Charles E. and Almeda Hanes Scull. She was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1960.

On December 27, 1960, in the Sacred Heart Church, she married David A. Nicklas, who survives. Lynn is also survived by two daughters, Michele Kubiak and her husband John of Atlanta, GA and Lynn Ann Stepaniak and her husband Michael of Dayton, OH; five sons, Robert J. Nicklas and his companion Beth Gahn, Allen M. Nicklas and his wife Emily, Charles J. Nicklas and his wife Margy, Daniel D. Nicklas and his wife Theresa, and Benedict S. Nicklas and his companion Amanda Detsch, all of St. Marys; 24 grandchildren, Blaise Nicklas, Lindsey Nicklas, Nicholas Kubiak, Hannah Kubiak, Rachel Kubiak, Alyssa Tettis, Lucas Nicklas, Dylan Nicklas, Garrett Nicklas, Elizabeth Nicklas, Kathryn Nicklas, Samuel Nicklas, Austin Nicklas, Sean Nicklas, Sara Nicklas, Christopher Stepaniak, Matthew Stepaniak, Bryan Stepaniak, Joel Stepaniak, Lillian Stepaniak, John Stepaniak, David Stepaniak, Kyle Nicklas, and Maddison Nicklas; and two great grandchildren, Abel Tettis and Braylee Nicklas.  Also surviving are two sisters, Fern Ann Tuberson and her husband William of St. Marys and Elizabeth Rae Woydick and her husband Mark of Johnstown; and by a brother, George J. Scull and his wife Karen of Kersey.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kaylee Lynn Nicklas; and by a brother, Charles Gordon Scull.

Lynn was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, was a Benedictine Oblate and Pastoral Musician by profession, serving as music director and organist of the St. Mary’s Church. She served on the Liturgy Board for over thirty years and was also the founder of the St. Mary’s Church Bell Choir.  Lynn served as NPM Leader for the St. Marys Deanery and National Pastoral Musicians Chapter-Diocese of Erie.  For many years she was part of the Diocesan Team for Advocacy for the Disabled.

Lynn also taught piano and organ lessons for many years. She was a member of the American College of Musician’s Piano Teacher’s Guild, and was inducted into the Piano Teacher’s Guild Hall of Fame.  Lynn served on the State Special Music Committee for many years, providing music for Memorial Services and Conference events when requested.  She also served the National Society on the House Committee for Congress Music from 1997-2007, providing all music for the final Continental Congress of Mrs. Charles Kyle Kemper and the greater part of Congress music during Love Administration.

She joined the Penn-Elk Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1982, serving through the years as Vice Regent, Secretary, Registrar and Chapter Regent 1986-1989 and 2004-2013. Lynn served the DAR State Society as North Central District Director from 1988-1992 and again from 1995-1998, and as Editor of the State Bulletin from 1992-1995.  She was elected 37th State Regent of PSSDAR at the 101st State Conference and was elected Honorary Regent at the 105th State Conference in 2001.  She was appointed National Chairman NSDAR Valley Forge Bell Tower and Carillon 50th Anniversary 2000-2001.  She believed in the DAR motto, “God, Home, Country”.

Lynn was a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists, the Elk County Historical Society, and the St. Marys Historical Society. She was instrumental in the acquisition of the Genealogy Room at the St. Marys Public Library.  She was also a member of the St. Marys Sportsmen’s Club and was a life member of the National Rifle Association of benefactor status.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Alfred Patterson, OSB, Pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Mary’s Church, 325 Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Rita & Harry Schaefer January 22, 2017 at 8:13 pm

George & Karen & all of George’s family,
We are all so sorry for your loss. Will keep all of you in our thoughts & prayers. Ben… you & our daughter Stephanie were in George & Karen’s wedding as flower girl & ring bearer.

Ben Nicklas January 22, 2017 at 9:57 pm

I love you Mom!

Toni January 23, 2017 at 8:17 am

Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Tom Nellis and Family January 23, 2017 at 8:22 am

Dave and Family, sorry for your loss. We will be thinking and praying for you in this difficult time.

Daniel & Carla Weidenboerner January 23, 2017 at 11:18 am

To The Family,

We are praying for you and with you!
With Love to All,
Daniel and Carla Weidenboerner
Franklin, LA.
(St. Mary Parish)

Chris Tucker Habicht January 23, 2017 at 11:29 am

Very sorry for your loss…it’s been a long time since I have seen Lynn and when I did she was always kind. She was a beautiful lady…you will be missed…

Dan Nicklas January 23, 2017 at 12:41 pm

I love you mom, me, Austin, Sean, Sara, and Theresa really miss you.

Dale and Janet Forster January 23, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family! Lynn was a wonderful person and friend. We enjoyed some good times.
May she rest in peace.

Chrissy Nussbaum Keebler January 23, 2017 at 1:18 pm

Lynn was a wonderful person. I have many great memories of her stemming from my piano teacher to many years with her in her Children’s Choir. My thoughts and prayers to the entire Nicklas family during this most difficult time.

Maude Schaefere January 23, 2017 at 1:35 pm

Sorry for your loss. You all our in my thoughts and prayers

Weinzierl's January 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm

Our deepest sympathies to each of you during this most difficult time. Keeping you in thought and prayer,
Dave & Susie Weinzierl & family

Cory Yurkanin January 23, 2017 at 2:44 pm

Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. May all the good times and memories of stay within your hearts. God bless you all.

Laura Wilson Antonelli January 23, 2017 at 4:06 pm

Lynn taught me all that I know as a musician…and I will be forever grateful to her that I was able to turn my love for music into my career.
I love you, Lynn, and I miss you so much……

Kathleen Middleton January 23, 2017 at 7:42 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you: Bob, Allen, Charlie, Dan, Ben, Shelly and Annie. She was a jewel that no one other person that I know can ever come close to shining as bright as she did. I remember her watching us on many occasions when my mom was ill. Lindy was a gentle spirited, kind soul who welcomed all of us. I will never forget her.

Nichole Manner January 23, 2017 at 8:06 pm

So very sorry we are having to say goodbye to one unique lady. If you could combine a wicked sense of humor with a genteel nature, you would have Lindy. She never failed to make me giggle with her one-liners, and always had words of wisdom, whether you wanted it or not. She will be greatly missed.

Helen Uhernick Garner January 23, 2017 at 8:49 pm

David and family,
So sorry for the loss of Lynn. I will always remember that great smile of hers. Our deepest condolences and prayers.
John and Helen

Diane Scutella January 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm

Ben,
I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in thought & prayer.

Dawn Meyer January 24, 2017 at 8:12 am

To Lynn “Annie” and all the Nicklas family, so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers during this sad time. May she rest in peace.
Dawn, John and Noah Meyer

Doug Widener January 24, 2017 at 9:44 am

I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was such a kind, gentle soul.

Roger and Seiko Grunthaner January 24, 2017 at 10:25 am

Sorry for your loss, our sympathies to you all. Peace at last.

Mark Werner January 24, 2017 at 11:44 am

Dear David and family, Susan and I are so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember her as a kind and loving person, ready with a warm smile and genuine welcome. No matter how long it had been. Her music touched many people, her gift she shared openly and freely and it made a difference for many who heard her. There is no doubt, that after a life lived in the service of others, God welcomed her home in His loving arms. God Bless, Mark and Susan Werner

Susie Hoffman January 24, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. She made the mass at church so much better with her music. Will be missed.

Kathleen F. Gnan January 24, 2017 at 12:50 pm

Dear Dave,
You and your family have our deepest condolences.
Lynn will be remembered in our prayers.
She will be missed by many.
May she now rest in peace.
With sympathy,
Dave & Kay Gnan

Mike Geyer January 24, 2017 at 4:40 pm

To the Nicklas family, I am sorry for the loss.

Kim and Bruce Murray January 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm

Michele and family,
Sending our love and comfort to you and your family.
You are one terrific daughter and it sounds like your
Mom was a terrific giver. The apple does not fall far from the tree.

Love to you and yours,
Kim and Bruce Murray

Tricia Weinkauf January 24, 2017 at 6:46 pm

Sorry for your family’s sudden loss. So sad for you. You are in our prayers.

Marcee Myers Addington January 24, 2017 at 9:54 pm

So sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your entire family.

Michelle deLeon January 24, 2017 at 10:32 pm

Michele – so sorry for your loss. I know you have a special angel watching over you. She will always be my special “pineapple”! Love you girl- please let me know if you need anything at all. I hope your family is hanging in there.
Love-Mitch

Cathy White January 25, 2017 at 7:55 am

Michele, John and Family,
Russ and I are so sorry for your loss. Take comfort knowing she is no longer in pain, but has seen the face of God! What a full life and beautiful gift she shared with so many people by teaching them to play piano.
“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has waiting for those who love Him.”

Ann Tucker Hoffman January 25, 2017 at 9:52 am

Dave and Family:
I was so shocked to see this. I didn’t know she had been sick. I’ve known Lynn for many many years, going back to the days of the children’s choir. She sang for my first wedding, and played at my second wedding. I will miss seeing her. We always spoke when we saw each other. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers as well as my mother, Martha. We have known your family for many years. May the memories you have of Lynn help you through the difficult days ahead.

Palmer Family January 25, 2017 at 6:28 pm

Michele, John and Family.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dan, Judi and Family

Kris Winters January 26, 2017 at 5:26 pm

So sorry for your loss. We met when I moved here. She was a kind lady and was a very important person to a lot of people with her music, so she will definitely be missed.

Marcia Macias & John January 29, 2017 at 1:06 am

Dear Dave and family, I just heard of Lynn’s passing. I’m heartbroken. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through the days ahead. I am proud to call her my cousin. A truly amazing beautiful woman. Sending our love from Texas.
Marcia and John

Emily Yetzer January 29, 2017 at 2:38 pm

My condolences to the family… Lynn was one of my piano teachers when I was younger. My mother Mary Ellen was very close to Almeda and Fern… So sorry for your loss.

Mike & Gerri Ireland January 31, 2017 at 1:59 pm

Charlie and family, So very, very sorry for your loss. Your mom was a beautiful person. She was the singer for our Wedding. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all!

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