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Nicholas Catanese Jr. of Joliet

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.

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Thanks, Scott. You two seemed inseparable for a time there, and I remember Nick being kind of mopey for a little while after your family moved away. Know that he cherished your friendship.

Joe Catanese Oct 17 2020 9:14 AM

Nick and I grew up riding BMX bikes to Cermak Plaza in Berwyn. We moved apart physically, but kept in touch sporadically over the years. Nick was a great guy and Im sure he positively impacted a great many people over the years. Im saddened to hear of his passing. Rest in peace.

Scott Driza Oct 1 2020 12:09 PM

Charles, Thank you for your kind words and sharing your memories of Nick. I cant say Im surprised that people from so many walks of life remember him fondly to this day.

Joe Catanese Aug 5 2020 9:57 AM

Out of the blue, I thought about Nick tonight. He was my classmate and friend at language school in Monterey, California in 1991-92. We used hang out quite a bit and took some long runs together. I never forgot Nick. Some names and faces fade with time.many do. I still remember laughing with him.specific jokes. He was so funny and smart. I have a good picture of our 10 person class in language school. Please email me or call if the family would like a copy. Please accept my condolences. My name is Charles Bull. My phone number is 831-917-7532. I am so sorry for your loss. Ill see you again some day, Nick.

Charles Bull Jul 28 2020 2:14 AM

Thank you, Ed and Susan.

Joe Catanese Jan 1 2020 5:15 PM

Thank you, Patti.

Joe Catanese Jan 1 2020 5:14 PM

Our deepest condolences to Nicks family. Our hearts are very sad learning of Nick s passing. Nick was such a beautiful soul. We will miss him dearly, but we know he is flying high with the angels.

Ed and Susan Phelan Jan 1 2020 12:00 PM

Thank you, Jenn. Magic tricks Yet another thing were learning about Nick.

Joe Catanese Dec 31 2019 7:15 AM

I knew Nick from La Dolce Vita. We would go to dinner there every week for years because we knew we would see our friend Nick. This is not a light statement when I say our friend Nick because we grew to know him and he grew to know us and we sat at the bar to have our dinner because we enjoyed his company. He would ask about our lives and not volunteer much about his but instead tell us a funny story almost to divert the attention from him. Yet, we still pried a bit to get a glimpse of him. Such a kind soul he was. I will miss him as long as I live but at least I know that as long as I live on this earth we will have that spirit which is Nicholas J. Catanese, Jr.up there and down here with us to support and make a better place for us with his high vibration. I love you, Nick. Rest in peace, my friend. Until we see each other again. Xoxo

Patti Dec 31 2019 2:03 AM

I am saddened to learn of Nicks passing. He was an amazing, smart, funny guy with a fantastic smile. Ill never forget how he would entertain us at Dolces bar with his magic tricks! And he made the best Old fashioned! He is gone too soon and I am honored to have known him.

Jenn Fanning Dec 30 2019 5:13 PM

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