Maurice P. “Morey” Nazaruk, 86, Altoona, passed away peacefully on Wednesday afternoon at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Philip and the late Anna (Stasiuk) Nazaruk. On July 16, 1955, he married Vera Holowecky at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Ramey.
Surviving are his wife, Vera: two daughters: Nadia Nazaruk-Lowe of Pittsburgh, and Julie Nazaruk-Cruse of Hollidaysburg; four sons: Michael Nazaruk (Cecilia Reig) of Altoona, Thomas Nazaruk (Ron Ausnehmer) of Pittsburgh, Stephen Nazaruk of Houtzdale, and David Nazaruk, (Pamela Burkett) of Hollidaysburg; eight grandchildren: Philip Nazaruk of Des Moines, Iowa, Aaron (Alina) Nazaruk of Long Island, N.Y., Cassandra Lowe of Atlanta, Ga., Danielle Nazaruk of Hollidaysburg, Myranda Lowe of Brook-lyn, N.Y., Kathryn Nazaruk of Altoona, and Alex Cruse and Elena Cruse, both of Hollidaysburg; a niece, Joanne (Gary) Staso of Irwin; an uncle, Frank Stasky of Philadelphia; and numerous cousins in Michigan and Philadelphia.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Ted and Paul.
Morey was a private first class in the U.S. Army, having served in Korea. He was first employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad, and then he was a meat cutter for Riverside Markets. Later, he and Vera were owners and operators of Nazaruk Superette.
He enjoyed gardening and bowling at the Bavarian in the Thursday night men’s league and the mixed league.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altoona, and a former of St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Altoona. He was also a member of Bavarian Aid Society, Knights of Columbus Council 551, St. Stanislaus Kostka Brotherhood and Newburg Fire Hall.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. today, July 21, 2017, at Stanley J. Krish Funeral Home Inc., 1204 17th St., Altoona. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Altoona, Father Lubomir J. Strecok celebrant. Committal will be at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Altoona.