Dominic F. “Nick” Brizzolara, 83, passed away in his Plymouth home, Eastwood Estates, after an extended illness at 1:40 a.m. Friday, June 17, 2016, surrounded by his family.
Born in Argos, on Oct. 31, 1932, he was the only child of Frank and Flora D. (Arado) Brizzolara, who had immigrated to Chicago, Ill. from Genoa, Italy. They later moved to Rochester, and then to Argos. Nick was a student at St. Michael Academy his primary and intermediate years. During the summers he attended Culver Academy Summer School and is a Life Member of the Culver Summer Schools Alumni Association. Nick graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950. After high school he attended the South Bend College of Commerce and worked for Whirlpool Aircraft Corporation, LaPorte.
Nick served his country as a member of the United States Army 6th Infantry Regiment in Berlin during the Korean Conflict 1953. He was honorably discharged in 1955.
Following his military service, Nick attended Tool and Die School in Chicago, Ill. and also in South Bend. He was employed at Curtis Wright Corporation for three years. He entered the printing business, serving at Town and Country Press and later at Indiana Press from which he retired after 36 years.
On April 12, 1958, Nick and Carol J. Ruff were married in St. Michael Catholic Church, Plymouth, officiated by Rev. Casimir Moskwinski. They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary.
Nick loved attending sporting events to watch his grandchildren and their teammates compete. He also enjoyed following Notre Dame Athletics. An avid bowler himself, Nick bowled many years for Beatty Locker, Bowen Printing, and The Old Timers. A highlight of Nick’s bowling career came in March 1987, when he bowled a perfect 300 game at Quick’s Lanes in Plymouth (the first 300 game at Quick’s in 30 years).
From 1969 to 1982, Nick served on the Board of Trustees of the Plymouth Public Library and was involved with the construction of the new building dedicated in 1976.
Nick will be remembered for his love of people, his witty sense of humor, and his devotion to his immediate and extended family.
Nick is survived by his loving wife: Carol, Plymouth; and their two children: Judy A. (Joe) Clinton; and Amy L. (Craig) Weidner, both of Plymouth. Five grandchildren: Ryan N. Clinton, Chicago, Ill.; Chad J. (Jennifer) Clinton, Oak Forest, Ill.; Sara N. Clinton; Cameron D. Weidner; and Caden D. Weidner, Plymouth; great-granddaughter: Avery M. Clinton; two brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; two nieces; and four nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws: John and Mildred Ruff; two brothers-in-law; and a nephew.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, in the St. Michael Catholic Church, Plymouth. Fr. John Korcsmar CSC will officiate.
Entombment will be in New Oakhill Mausoleum with Military Honors provided by members of the American Legion Post 27, Veterans of Foreign Wars- Marshall County Post 1162 and D.A.V.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Center for Hospice Care, Plymouth, or to St. Michael Catholic School, Plymouth.