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Nicholas John Nigro
(September 24, 1934 - December 22, 2013)

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Nicholas John Nigro

On Sunday, December 22, 2013, Nicholas John Nigro returned to God, the root of all things. He was preceded in 2009 by the love of his life of 51 years, Joanne Nigro (Vehring), his parents, Joseph and Josephina (nee Angelone), and is survived by his children, Michael (JoAnn) Nigro, Lora Nigro (Kevin Rutkowski), Regina (John) Heroux, Amy (Robert) Geiser, Nick (Angela) Nigro and Dan (Kris) Nigro; his grandchildren, Jena and Jacob Heroux, Ben and Becky Nigro, Jarod and Dana Geiser, Hayden and Brady Nigro, Vinny, Carly, and Mitchell Nigro; and by his siblings, Betty (Ted) Snow, John (Beth) Nigro, and Joseph (Diane) Nigro. Born 1934 in Chicago Heights, Illinois, his family moved to Virginia Minnesota in 1939. For the first three years of his education he attended Jefferson grade school across the street from his home and continued to Marquette Catholic School through eighth grade. Nick graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1952 and won District and Regional titles as a member of an elite basketball team. After completing two years at Virginia Junior College, he earned an Associates degree in pre-engineering, followed by his B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1956. Victor Chemical in Chicago was his first employer. While working as a part time instructor, he finished his M.S at Iowa State University and later taught in the Applied Science Department at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois. After accomplishing his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, Dr. Nigro was hired as a Mechanical Engineering professor at Marquette University in 1965 and retired after 42 years of esteemed service. Twice awarded by the National Science Foundation and a distinguished recipient of the Pere Marquette Teaching Excellence award, the avid fan and long running season ticket holder of the men's Golden Eagle basketball team has been contracted by NASA, Allen Bradley Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Rockwell International for his design ingenuity. In 2007 he transitioned to Professor Emeritus where he mentored and counseled graduate students while retaining his competitive weekly sessions on the basketball court. Actively involved in social and outreach programs for St. Bernadette's visitation ministry, he regularly brought comfort, companionship and the Eucharist to LindenGrove residents and numerous other nursing homes. His ministry was a commitment of dedication and love. Nick's gift to make one feel special inspired us to give our best. A candle has gone out for the multitude of those whose souls he touched. May we all continue to share his light. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Bernadette's Catholic Church, for benefit of the Liturgical and Social Ministry Programs which were highly valued by Nick. Visitation will be Friday, January 3, 2014, from 4:00PM-8:00PM at Zwaska Funeral Home. Visitation continues on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at ST. BERNADETTE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 8200 W. Denver Ave., Milwaukee, WI, from 9:00AM- 10:00AM with Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:30AM. Entombment at Valhalla Cemetery, Milwaukee. Family website:

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