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Doris Anne Nicolaus

09/10/1927 - 08/11/2023
Service Date: 08/18/2023
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: Christ the King Catholic Church 1551 E Dana Ave, Mesa, AZ 85204
Interment: Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery


Doris A. Nicolaus, 95, passed on to eternal life on Friday, August 11, 2023. Doris was born on September 10, 1927 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in her death by her husband, Bob Nicolaus; one son, Robert Nicolaus; and her grandson, Brandon Mendoza.

She is survived by her children Barbara Stechnij; Jeanette Marr; Mary Ann Mendoza; Tom Nicolaus (Isabelle); and Richard Nicolaus. Doris also is survived by 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great granddaughters. She also leaves behind her sister, Nancy Walker.

Her parents moved their family from PA to Arizona in 1948. Doris was working at Williams Air Force Base where she met her future husband, Bob. They traveled the world for 20 years while Bob was still in the Air Force then returned to make their permanent home in Arizona.

Doris loved the cabin she and Bob built in Overgaard, spending summers there hiking and golfing. She built her own tax business, then Bob joined her when he retired from his second career in banking.

Always competitive, Doris loved playing games – especially parcheesi. The grandchildren who played with her learned very quickly that Grandma was going to challenge them if they wanted to win!

You will be sorely missed Mom, Grandma and Great-Grandma. Your legacy will live on through your children and grandchildren. Your cheerful attitude, even during trying times, is something we will all strive live up to.


A Rosary will be said in Doris’ memory at 10:30 am on August 18, 2023 at Christ the King Catholic Church at 1551 E. Dana Avenue in Mesa. Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 am immediately following the Rosary.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Mayo Foundation, 13400 E. Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, 85259 for Parkinsons Disease research.



Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • I had the privlidge an honor of taking care of Doris at my carehome Citrus. She was a delightful,funny person. We will miss her. Until we meet again

  • Rosemary Williams

    Jeanette, my sincerest condolences in the loss of your Mother. God Bless you and your family. May she rest in peace.

  • Deepest condolences to all loved ones of GG!! May God fill each of your hearts and minds with cherished memories you hold dear, knowing you’ll see her soon. Prayers and blessings to all of you!

  • My deepest condolences to you and your family. I will keep you all in prayer 🙏🏾

  • Betty Schallock and family

    We’re very sorry for your loss, your family will be in our prayers.

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