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Focus on Faith: For church organist Joan Nikolski, music and family are passions

Joan Nikolski, a church organist for 67 years who will be retiring from St.Paul the Apostle in Schenectady later this summer, practices at her home recently. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
Joan Nikolski, a church organist for 67 years who will be retiring from St.Paul the Apostle in Schenectady later this summer, practices at her home recently. (Bill Buell/Gazette reporter)
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When Joan Nikolski’s older sister Rita was told she had to take piano lessons, both girls were very upset by their parents’ decision. Fortunately, however, they were disappointed in different ways. “My sister hated taking piano lessons, and finally she said to our mother, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing; why don’t you let Joan take the lessons,’ ” said Nikolski, who has been the church organist at St. Paul the Apostle on Van Zandt Street ...

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