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Michelle J. Nickolaus, 52, wife of Kevin C. Nickolaus, of Loyalsock, died on Sunday October 3, 2021 at the Gatehouse Hospice Center. Michelle and her husband Kevin married on August 14, 1993 and celebrated 28 years of marriage.

She was born on December 12, 1968 in Phoenixville and was the daughter of Michael J. and Mary Jo (Tarone) Gaydos.

Michelle graduated from the Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing with a BS in Nursing. She practiced as a registered nurse from 1990 to 1997. Graduating in 1997 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing with a master’s degree in nursing, Michelle practiced as a certified nurse practitioner for 24 years. . As a nurse practitioner, Michelle specialized in cardiology and adult congenital cardiology. She practiced at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, UPMC Susquehanna, and Geisinger Medical Center. Recently, she was named a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology in recognition of her contribution to the field of cardiology. She was a tireless advocate for her patients who always sought the best possible care and treatment for them.

As a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Montoursville and St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Hershey, Michelle was a longtime catechist.

Michelle was an avid camper and loved spending time with the family enjoying the outdoors. Most recently, the family took a 36-day RV trip across the country, including 17 states and 7 national parks. Michelle was also a die-hard Penn State football fan and loved to watch and follow the games.

In addition to her husband and parents, Michelle is survived by two children Matthew and John who both live at the home; one sister Mari (Christian) O’Drain of Schwenksville; a nephew, Connor O’Drain; and many cousins.

The funeral will be at 12:00 p.m. on Monday October 11, 2021, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 800 Mulberry St., Montoursville with Father Michael S. McCormick as celebrant. Visitations will be held Monday at the church from 10 am to 11:45 am The service will also be broadcast live; go to mattnickolaus.com for the link.

Family and friends are also invited to the 12 p.m. funeral service on October 15, 2021, at Hershey Cemetery, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Please make checks payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and send them to: 3535 Market Street, Suite 750, Philadelphia, Pa., 19104. Please note “NET search” and or “In memory of Michelle Nickolaus” in the memo line. To donate by credit card, please call 215-898-0578.

The family is also participating in the Race for the Stripes on November 6 in which the money raised for this event also goes to NET Research for the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Please use the link to donate to the team: https://runsignup.com/teamgetyourstripeson

Kaufman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

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