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NICOLAISEN - Mary (nee Scharlach) Age 88, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017 at home in Overland Park, Kansas after a 17-year battle with myelofibrosis and leukemia. Mary's family were long time residents of Buffalo, relocating from Pennsylvania in 1813. She attended Kenmore High School in Buffalo, NY. She then received a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Technology from the University of Buffalo and Buffalo General Hospital. Mary is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Bernard Nicolaisen; her parents Clyde and Lois Scharlach; and her brother Robert Scharlach. She is survived by three daughters, Karen Atwood (Rick), Sandy Axel (Jeff) and Marcia Contreras (Dan); six grandchildren, Captain David Axel USMC, Lieutenant Michael Axel USN (Taylor), Daniel Axel, Chris Contreras, Lieutenant Abigail Axel MD USN, and James Contreras; one great-granddaughter, Lily Axel; nephew David Scharlach; and niece Julie Rickerman. A funeral memorial was held at Knox Presbyterian Church. She will be interred at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 9 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Salvation Army Children's Shelter, 3637 Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO 64111.

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