June 16, 1943 ~ September 11, 2008
Nick J. 'Big Nick' Mikatich I was born June 16, 1943 and went on the road again to 'Heaven' September 11, 2008 to see my father Nick J. Mikatich and my mother Angela Mikatich. I leave behind to join me later, my wife of 38 years, Kathleen 'Kitty' Mikatich, my 'Kat'; a special uncle and second father, Rudolph 'Uncle Bud' Mikatich; a very special mother-in-law, Ann Scupholm; my sister, Barbara Anderson; sister-in-law Dianne Frazier and brother-in-law Larry Frazier; nieces and nephews, Kristy (Matt) Braunschmidt, Brian (Katy) Frazier, Judy Anderson, Luanne (Bill) Higgins; great niece and nephew, Davinya Higgins and Billy Higgins as well as numerous family members from the Mikatich, Zupancic and Scupholm families. I grew up in the 'Grove' and on Santa Fe Hill 'Bojon Town' and leave behind many childhood friends, I Attended St Mary's Grade School, Pueblo Catholic High School and Pueblo Junior College/ Southern Colorado State College. I worked in the CF&I and Oregon Steel Rail Mill for 39 years, retiring in 2004.. A new job with the United Steel Workers took me across the country, working for the rights of workers, Jobs with Justice in Portland, Oregon, ASARCO Copper Miners in Hayden, Arizona, Medco in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bridgestone/Firestone in Nashville, Tennessee, Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Nurses in New Jersey, United Steelworkers Headquarters in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and too many more to mention. I take those memories of friendship from my travels, my time working at the mill, and my childhood with me on my new journey. Thanks to all for your friendship over the years and your calls to Kitty and I during my brief illness. Memorial Mass will be held at 10am, Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 307 E. Mesa, with the Rev. Fr. Ben Bacino as celebrant. Interment of cremains, Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at a reception following the burial, at the United Steel Workers Local #2102 Union Hall, 1414 E. Evans Avenue. Thanks to the generous and caring nurses and staff of the Sange de Cristo Hospice. Memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, Colo. 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com.