Nicholas Stephen Basta, 89, formerly of Plainsville, died peacefully on Aug. 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at the Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio.
He was born on Jan. 2, 1924, in Wilkes-Barre, a son of the late Filomena ""Florence"" and Michael Basta, formerly of Parsons. 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 Theater and was a lifetime VFW member.
He was employed in the garment industry at Square Apparel, Empire State and Leslie Fay dress factories, and was finally employed at Mr. Z's supermarket in Plains Township.
Nicholas and his wife, Eleanor, recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church, Pittston, and of St. Brendan the Navigator, Hilliard, Ohio. Both Nicholas and Eleanor have resided with their son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Susan, in Columbus, 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 the loss of his home to fire in 1963 and flood in 1972, and in caring for his disabled wife for many years. 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; his son Edward and partner Karen Andrasi, Havertown; sister, Josephine (Basta) Zionkowski, Lancaster, Ohio; brothers, Francis, Avenel, N.J., and Michael, Laflin; many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the staff and physicians of the Ohio State University Medical Center and the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Care Center and the staff of Altercare of Hilliard for their devoted and excellent care of Nicholas.
Family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 4475 Dublin Road, Hilliard, imediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery, 9571 N. High St., Lewis Center, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans, 35 E. Chestnut St., Columbus, OH 43215, www.dav.org/help-dav/.
Arrangements completed by the Tidd Funeral Home, Hilliard. For information, visit www.tiddfuneralservice.com.
Tidd Funeral Home - Hilliard
5265 Norwich Street
Hilliard, OH 43026
Published in Times Leader from Aug. 13 to Aug. 14, 2013