Joanna M. Nicolay, 71, homemaker, store cashier

March 16, 2003

Joanna M. Nicolay, a homemaker and former department store cashier, died of cancer Thursday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 71 and lived in Finksburg.

She was born Joanna Linn in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook. After graduation from Seton High School in 1950, she went to work for the old Hub department store at Charles and Baltimore streets. She was later promoted to head cashier of the store, which was owned by the Hecht Co.

Mrs. Nicolay, who also modeled for Hecht Co. fashion shows, left Hub in 1956 to raise her family.

She was married in 1950 to Robert E. Nicolay, a retired Exxon executive, who survives her. After his retirement in 1986, the couple lived in St. Michaels before moving to Finksburg in 1998.

Mrs. Nicolay, who volunteered with several community groups and in her children's schools, was a generous benefactor to numerous charities, family members said.

She was a member of Harbourtowne Country Club in St. Michaels.

She enjoyed shopping for clothes.

Mrs. Nicolay was a communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Glyndon, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Robert Keith Nicolay of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a daughter, Denise Linn Safko of Eldersburg; a brother, Charles E. Linn Jr. of Forest Hill; and two grandchildren.

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