Friday, November 28, 2008

Vasalia 'Charlie' Nickita

Vasalia 'Charlie' Nickita
Traverse City Record Eagle

Traverse City-- Vasalia 'Charlie' Nickita, age 82, of Traverse City, died on Sunday, Jan 11, 2004. He was born on Dec. 10, 1921, in Cass Lake, Minn., the son of Lena Bater and Basala Nechita. On July 10, 1944, in Marysville, Calif., he married the former Alberta 'Birdie' Walden.

Charlie served in the U. S. Army during WWII, and was enlisted throughout the Korean conflict. He retired from the military in 1965. He and his wife owned and operated the Torch Riviera Bar and Restaurant until the later 1960's. He then went to work as a U. S. postal mail carrier, delivering mail in the Rapid City area, where he retired again. He and Alberta then moved to Brimley where they opened and operated Fishermans Wharf R. V. Park.

Charlie was a member of the Kalkaska Post and the Moose Lodge.

He enjoyed traveling throughout the world with his wife. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors of Charlie include his loving wife, Alberta 'Birdie' of Traverse City; sisters, Rose Moyer and Sylvia Twork, both of Detroit; brothers Nick Nechita and George Nechita, both of St. Clair Shores; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. A funeral service will take place at 11 a. m. on Friday, Jan 16, 2004, also at the funeral home.

The family asks those wishing to give memorials to please remember the American Heart Associaiton or the American Diabetes Association. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Traverse City Chapel of Covell Funeral Homes.