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91, passed away peacefully at home on August 11. Nick was born in Niles, Ohio on January 9, 1922 and moved to Phoenix in 1963. Nick was an Army veteran of World War II, and a career carpenter. He retired in 1985. He married Mary Clemente in May of 1946. Nick was a member of the Arizona Italian American Club, and belonged to St. Louis the King Parish. He is survived by his wife, Mary; a daughter, Dianne Pela, and four sons: Nicholas (Carolyn Bodine) Pela, Jr.; John (Louise Derose) Pela; David (Barbara Moritz) Pela, and Robrt (Todd Grossman) Pela; and by a brother, John Pela, and sister-in-law Marilyn McGuirk Pela, as well as many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Following a private interment with military honors, a memorial ceremony will be held on August 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 7924 North 59th Avenue in Glendale. Material contributions may be made to the Banner Alzheimer's Institute and the Niles Ohio Historical Society.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 18, 2013