Nicholas D. Spatz

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Nicholas D. Spatz, 97, a resident at Gino Merli Veterans Center in Scranton for seven years, and formerly of Covington Twp., died Saturday afternoon following a brief illness.

Born April 27, 1915, in Edwardsville, he was the son of the late Conrad and Annastasia Spatz. Nick was an Army veteran, serving during World War II with the 53rd Field Artillery Battalion. He fought in New Guinea and Luzon and received the Philippines Liberation award and three bronze stars.

Before retirement, he was employed for many years at Oppenheim's Department Store in Scranton as a tailor. Nick was of the Roman Catholic faith.

He was an avid outdoorsman, a great lover of nature and animals, a decorated scoutmaster and led numerous Boy Scout troops. He was a multitalented man, a true handyman and he will be sorely missed by his extended family.

Surviving are a niece, Carol Dolotosky, Newark, Del.; dear friends, Ann Zelinski and family, Covington Twp.; and Dorene and Ed Reilly and family, North Charleston, S.C.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers.

A blessing service will be Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the Duffy & Snowdon Funeral Home, 401 Church St., Moscow. Interment with military honors, Fairview Memorial Park, Elmhurst.

Friends may call Thursday at 10:30 until the time of service. Memorial contributions may be made to the ASPCA.

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Published in Scranton Times on Sept. 4, 2012
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