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Nicholas Michael Messina, 95, passed away on September 11, 2011. Nicholas was born in New Orleans, LA on May 23, 1916, the 13th of 14 children of Calogera Maniscalco and Giovanni Messina.
Nicholas served proudly in the US Army Air Corp during World War II and, upon his return from the Pacific theatre in 1946, he married Marjorie in Wichita, Kansas. They moved to Mountlake Terrace, WA in 1958.
Nick was an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church, a Boy Scout leader for over 10 years and a 1968 recipient of the St. George Award for outstanding contributions to the spiritual development of Catholic youth in the Boy Scout program. He was a member of the Mountlake Terrace-Brier Lions Club and American Legion Post 234 and a founding member and volunteer for many years on the Mountlake Terrace Crime Watch. He was a proud owner of "Messina's Italiano Ristorante" in Bellevue, WA.
Affectionately known as "Papa Nick" or "Chef Messina", hundreds have dined on his "famous" Italian spaghetti sauce, "the best you ever ate."
In addition to Marjorie, his loving and devoted wife of 65 years; Nicholas is survived by their children: Carol (Delo) Pearson, Surprise, AZ, Patricia Johnson, Indio, CA, Phillip (Susan) Messina, Medford, OR, Rita Messina, Bothell, WA and Anthony Messina, Mountlake Terrace; eight grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family extends its deepest appreciation to the staff of Bethany at Silver Lake for the high quality of care, respect and dignity shown to Nicholas while in their care.
Recitation of the Rosary will be Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Pius X Catholic Church, 22209 58th Ave West, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043 and Funeral services will be Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Sept. 20, 2011