Nicholas J. Catanese Jr., age 51 of Joliet, formerly of Berwyn. U.S. Army Veteran. Beloved son of the late Nicholas J. Sr. and the late Janice (nee Fleseras), loving brother of Kim (Alan) Vincent, Kirsten (Danny Sr.) Lombardo, Joseph Catanese and the late Koren Maria, cherished uncle of Lauren and Danny Jr., fond nephew of Tina Fleseras Buonauro and cousin to many, dear friend of David, Michael and Jake, Judy and Ro and many others, loved by countless students and bar patrons alike. Nicholas served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army for four years in military intelligence special forces and earned a meritorious service medal. He also served overseas in the former USSR and was attaché to the U.S. Ambassador to the former Soviet Union. Nicholas enjoyed cycling, shooting, speaking, reading, studying all things Russian, spiritual development and loved to connect with students of all ages. Visitation Sunday, December 29th, 4:00pm-8:00pm at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home, 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside. Funeral Monday, December 30th, 10:30:am Mass at St. Joseph Church 416 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Family and friends are asked to meet directly at the church by 10:15am. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.