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Formerly of Binghamton: Nicholas Lewkovich passed away on Memorial Day, May 30, 2011 in Oceanside, CA and would have turned 94 on August 18, 2011. Nick was born in Binghamton, NY to William and Mary (Druchek) Lewkovich. He loved ice skating at the E.J. Brick Pond where he met his future wife, Mary Ann (Bobik), also from Binghamton. Nick served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant in the 91st Armored Field Battalion. He spent most of his four years, four months of service in Italy and Africa. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service in combat in Italy in 1945. After WWII ended, Nick returned to Binghamton where he got reacquainted with the lovely Mary Ann. They married at St. Ann's in Binghamton on May 18, 1946. They had a son, Gary Nicholas in 1951 and then moved to Southern California in search of employment. Nick worked in the Aerospace industry at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach, CA for most of his career. Their daughter, Roberta (Robbi), was born in Long Beach, CA in 1953. The family then moved to Buena Park, CA where Nick and Mary Ann lived until 1996 when they moved to Vista, CA in the San Diego County. The hills of Vista reminded them of their first home in the Triple Cities. Nick is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann (Bobik) Lewkovich; his son, Gary and daughter, Robbi; a granddaughter, Angelina Lewkovich; daughter-in-law, Wendy Perez; brother, John Lewkovich, and many nieces and nephews. Nick loved baseball, the slot machines and animals, especially dogs. If you'd like to honor his memory, please donate or adopt from your local animal shelter. Nick was cremated and his only request for a memorial was to have his obituary in the Binghamton newspaper which he read daily online. We love you and miss you, Dad. May you rest in peace.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on May 27, 2012