Nicholas 'Nick' Royko

Nicholas (Nick) Royko
New Hartford
December 28, 2008

Nicholas (Nick) Royko, of New Hartford, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2008. Nicholas was born in the Ukraine, the son of the late Simon and Maria Royko. He also lived in Poland and Germany and came to the US in 1950 with his family.

Nick graduated from Utica Free Academy, MVCC and served four years in the Air Force. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Omaha, Nebraska, and a Master's degree in German language from New Paltz University. He also completed an intense course in the Art of German language at the Goethe Institute in Germany.

Nick taught high school and junior colleges throughout his career. Teaching was his passion.

Nick is survived by his two sisters, Anna Zabijaka and her husband, Val, MD, and Valentina (Tina) Schram and her husband, Neil, New Hartford, with whom he had close, loving relationships. He is also survived by nieces, Natalie, Melissa and Tanya; nephews, George, Paul, Rick and Bo; along with several great-nieces and nephews and other family members in the Ukraine. There are also two special high school friends, Tex and Yan.

Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Tuesday (today) from 5-7 p.m. at Myslinski Funeral Home, 470 French Rd., Utica. Funeral services and interment will take place at St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cemetery, New Jersey.

In memory of Nick, kindly consider donations to St. Sophia Seminary, P.O. Box 495, South Bound Brook, NJ 08880 or to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413.

The family would like to thank Hospice & Palliative Care for the kindness and compassion shown to Nick.Messages of sympathy at
Nicholas Royko

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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Dec. 30, 2008.


Our deepest condolences to Tina & Neil and family for this tremendous loss. Nick was a good person and will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. I will arrange to see you soon, Tina, as I missed the entire news article and wake.
Janet George family - January 04, 2009

I am so sorry for your loss. I graduated from UFA with Nick. He was always a quiet gentleman. He wanted to make a difference and he did.
Marilyn Williams Rahn - December 31, 2008

Deepest sympathy, Nick was my colleague in Millbrook for many years. His classroom and mine were across from each other. I am so sorry for your loss.
Katherine Kornaus Manzi - December 30, 2008
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