Nicholas Stephen Basta

Basta Nicholas Stephen Basta, 89, formerly of Plainsville, Pennsylvania, died peacefully on August 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio. He was born on January 2, 1924 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.,son of the late Filomena (Florence) and Michael Basta formerly of Parsons, Pa. He was a graduate of Coughlin High School. He was a proud veteran of World War II. He served in the 155th Field Artillery Battalion of the Texas 36th Infantry Division as a Cannoneer in the European Theatre and was a lifetime VFW member. He was employed in the garment industry at Square Apparel, Empire State and Leslie Fay dress factories and finally at Mr. Z's supermarket in Plains. He was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Nicholas and his wife Eleanor recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston, Pa., and of St. Brendan Church, Hilliard, Ohio. Both Nicholas and his wife, Eleanor, have resided with their son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Susan in Columbus, OH, since 2004. He loved life, his family, friends and the countless people he befriended over his 89 years. He was a good man, husband and father who provided for his family through adversity, including loss of home to fire in 1963 and flood in 1972, and in caring for his disabled wife for many years. A real mensch. He will be missed and grieved by many. He loved gardening, especially tomatoes. Surviving are his wife, Eleanor; his son, Nick and daughter-in-law, Susan, Columbus, OH; his son, Edward and partner, Karen Andrasi, Havertown, Pa; sister, Josephine (Basta) Zionkowski, Lancaster, OH; brothers, Francis, Avenel, NJ and Michael, Laflin, Pa; many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Friday from 10-11 a.m. at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 4475 Dublin Rd. Hilliard, OH 43026 where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Father Bob Penhaullrick as celebrant. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. The family thanks the staff of The Ohio State Medical Center, his physicians, the physicians and staff of the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Care Center, and the staff of Altercare of Hilliard for their devoted and excellent care of Nicholas. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Disabled American Veterans, 35 E. Chestnut St. Columbus, OH 43215. Arrangements completed by the TIDD FUNERAL HOME, Hilliard

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Tidd Funeral Home - Hilliard
5265 Norwich Street Hilliard, OH 43026
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Aug. 13, 2013