Olean Rutland Nicklas, 87, of Potomac, died Sept. 19, 2012, at Casey House in Rockville from complications of a stroke.
Born in Cherokee, Ala., she was predeceased by her husband, John Nicklas, in 1995.
She graduated from high school in 1944 and left Alabama to work as a chemical assay analyst at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II.
She is survived by her five sons, Jeffrey of Kona, Hawaii, Brian of Potomac, Martin of Palisade, Colo., and Stephen and John of Bethesda; her sisters, Frances Hamm of Luka, Miss., and Barbara Prescott of Jasper, Ala.; and brothers Roy Gene of Knoxville, Tenn., and Jerry of Jasper, Ala.
The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 26 at St. Raphael's Catholic Church, Falls and Dunster roads, Rockville. Internment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pumphrey's Colonial Funeral Home in Rockville handled the arrangements.
Memorial contributions can go to the Washington Area Wheelchair Society, 8220 Mayor Lane, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or to the Montgomery Hospice Society, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.