Julius Chinky Jules R. Nitkiewicz, 89, of Hecla, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, in Westmoreland Manor, Greensburg. Born April 14, 1931, in Mt. Pleasant, he was the son of the late John and Frances (Konowalski) Nitkiewicz. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Dolores Grabiak Nitkiewicz, and a son, Jeffrey Nitkiewicz. Julius is survived by three children, Cheryl (Terry) Yohman, David Nitkiewicz and Linda (Chris) Polakovsky. He was also preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers, Stella, Eleanor, Genevieve, Theresa, Helen, John, Leo and Joseph. He is survived by a sister, Betty. He was a lifetime member of the former Transfiguration Church in Mt. Pleasant, Hecla Sportsman Club and an outstanding baseball player for the Kosciuszko Club in 1950s, covering second base. Julius worked at Westinghouse as a industrial electrician and was a Purple Heart recipient in the Army in the Korean War. He is survived by four grandchildren, Nicole (Nicolas) Purnell, Amanda (Jeremy) Newill, Rebecca Polakovsky and Nicholas Polakovsky; four great-grandchildren, Nathan and Lucas Purnell and Gunner and Logan Newill; and numerous nieces and nephews. Julius was well known for his contagious smile. Family and friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at JAY A. HOFFER FUNERAL HOME, following all CDC regulations. Transfer prayers will be at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. Florian Church, United, with the Rev. John A. Sedlak as celebrant. Interment will follow in Transfiguration Cemetery, Mt. Pleasant. Vigil prayers will be at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
Published in Greensburg Tribune Review from Sep. 21 to Sep. 22, 2020.