Nick Frank Nassif Sr., 94, of Anamosa, passed away Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on Valentine's Day 1922, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the eldest child of four to parents Frank and Rose Nassif. He grew up there with siblings Marie, Eugene and Wilma, and graduated from McKinley High School. During his early years, Nick learned the trade of shoe repair from his uncle, which eventually became his life-long career. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving three years in North Africa and Europe. Upon his return, Nick opened a family shoe store and repair department, Nick's Shoe Clinic in Anamosa, and became a Main Street fixture for over 40 years. Nick married his beloved wife, Helen Lorene (Lorry), in 1950 and they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary in June.
Nick was the epitome of small town life involvement, having served on or led many community organizations. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 4 for over 60 years, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and president, Planning and Zoning Commission board member and chairperson for 18 years, member of the VFW and past commander of the American Legion, of which he was a member for over 71 years. He was an active member of the Veterans Honor Guard, honoring fallen veterans with the 21-gun salute, until his final years.
But Nick's passion and dedication was most evident as a member of the Anamosa Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years. He served as assistant fire chief, secretary-treasurer and president of the association. He received the Governor's Award, "Iowa Firefighter of the Year," in 2002. Other awards bestowed on Nick include Anamosa Volunteer of the Year in 1991, Anamosa Distinguished Citizen Award in 1997, Grand Marshall of the Annual Anamosa Pumpkin Festival and Parade in 2003, Honorary Fire Chief and Mayor and Honorary Life Membership of Anamosa and National American Legion. Nick was a longtime member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids. God Country Family. This was Nick's legacy.
Nick is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Lorry; children, Nick Nassif Jr. Steven Nassif, Brian Nassif (Julie), all of Anamosa, and Karen Lauterbach (Dennis) of West Des Moines; also grandchildren, Danielle Woerth (Brian) of Ames, Cassie Marks (Joel) of West Des Moines, Janelle Reule (Korey) of North Liberty, Alycia Maxwell (Tom) of Central City, Chelsea Feldpouch (Troy) of Norwalk, Mike Nassif (Jill) of Cedar Rapids and Cody Lauterbach (Lisa) of St. Louis, Mo. Additionally, there are 10 great-grandchildren who loved being teased by their Jidi. Nick also is survived by brother, Eugene Nassif Sr. (Sandy) of Cedar Rapids; sisters, Marie Bojrab of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Wilma Easton (Robert) of Cedar Rapids; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rose; infant granddaughter, Angela Nassif; son-in-law, Jerry Paterson; brother-in-law, Isaac Bojrab; and cousin, Harold Abdo.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids, with burial in St. George Cemetery. Father Fred Shaheen will officiate at the services. A public visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa, where a Trisagion service will be held at 7:15 p.m. Visitation will resume Wednesday morning from 10:30 unti 11 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Anamosa Fire Department and St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cedar Rapids.
Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at www.goettschonline.com.
Posted on Sunday, 14 August 2016