Katherine Mary Nicholaus, a retired elementary school teacher and active churchwoman and volunteer, died Wednesday in her Town of Tonawanda home following a long illness. She was 79.
Born in Akron, the former Katherine M. Joseph grew up in Canandaigua and earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Brockport State College and a master's degree in reading from the University at Buffalo.
She taught elementary school in Jamestown for eight years, then moved to Kenmore in 1960. Two years later, she began teaching in the Kenmore- Town of Tonawanda School District—at Washington Elementary School, where she taught for 28 years until her retirement in 1990.
A member of the Church of the Advent Episcopal Church in Kenmore, Mrs. Nicholaus served on the church's Finance Committee, was a member of the choir and active in many fundraising and social activities.
Mrs. Nicholaus was a volunteer for Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels and ushered at Kleinhans Music Hall.
Her husband of 26 years, John T., died in 1981.
Surviving are three sisters, Mabel Issa, Diane Khouri and Dorothy Churchill; and three brothers, Richard J., George J. and Michael J.
A Eucharistic funeral service will be held at 11 a. m. Monday in Church of the Advent, 54 Delaware Road, Kenmore, with a visitation beginning at 9 in D. Lawrence Ginnane Funeral Home, 3215 Delaware Ave.