MORTON – Nicholas Daniel "Nick" Makar, 96, of Morton, Ill., formerly of Sycamore, left this life peacefully at 9:47 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton, surrounded by those who loved him.
He was born March 10, 1917, in East Chicago, Ind., to Nicholas and Anna (Perencivich) Makar. Nick married Margaret Mary Pollack on Oct. 5, 1949, in East Chicago, Ind. They were married for 64 years.
Surviving are his wife of Morton; one son, Thomas Makar (Mary Cupp), of Huntington Beach, Calif.; one daughter, Joan (Douglas) Rice, of Morton; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Rice of Morton.
He was preceded in death by one son, Paul Makar; one brother and four sisters.
Nick graduated from Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Mo., in 1936. While there, Nick played basketball for the Kemper Yellowjackets in Johnston Field House. Although no longer operational as a private school, the picturesque campus has been placed on the Register of National Historic Places. Nick attended his upper two years at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was an active member of the Delta Sigma Lambda fraternity while there, as well as an avid participant in intramural sports.
Nick worked hard on summer breaks at the steel mills of East Chicago, Ind. It was in the shadows of extreme heat, dust and grime of Inland Steel's blast furnaces that Nick's resolve was toughened to remain in college. That same story, repeated often to his three children, instilled in them as well the drive to complete their college educations.
Nick's longtime career was in printing sales for nearly 40 years, working first in Chicago, and then moving on to Hannibal, Mo., where he worked for Standard Printing Co. on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. This building still stands sentinel, and is now also a beautiful structure on the Historic Registry. Nick's career took him to the cities of Taylorville, Decatur and Morton, where he worked for Tazewell Publishing Co. for many years in the 1960s under the able leadership of Lloyd Pflederer. He remained in their employ until the company was sold. Nick's last assignment in the printing field took him north to DeKalb in 1975 where he was employed by R & S Johnson Co. until his retirement.
Nick's civic involvement included memberships in the Holy Name Society of St. Thomas Church in Decatur as well as membership in the fraternal organization of the United Commercial Travelers. Nick was a 30-year member of St. Mary's Church in Sycamore. In the past eight and a half years, Nick was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Morton.
Generosity was Nick's hallmark. As he traveled the scenic causeways of the Midwest, he would often return home with small mementos for his family. This life lesson in sharing with others was instilled in his children by living example. He led a rich life of kindness to neighbors, as well as complete strangers.
In his later years, Nick enjoyed a passion for sketching, drawing and writing poetry. He took pride that some of his works of poetry were published in the 1980s. Nick was a longtime Chicago White Sox fan, relishing that they won the World Series in 1959 and 2005.
The family would like to extend their deepest thanks to the staff of Apostolic Christian Restmor, who served Nick with gentleness, love and care over the past eight and a half years. Honoring God by serving others has been demonstrated full measure by their talents.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Morton, by the Rev. Mark DeSutter.The visitation will be from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Graveside services will beat 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Sycamore with the Rev. Paul Lipinski officiating.
Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton is handling arrangements.
In this richness of spirit, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Apostolic Christian Restmor or to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, both in Morton.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.
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