In Loving Memory of Michael W. Nicosia
Michael W. NicosiaLas Vegas, NV and formerly of Dunmore, PA October 11, 1921 ~ January 9, 2019 Date of Service: January 29, 2019
Michael W. Nicosia, 91, Las Vegas, Nev., formerly of Dunmore, died on Jan. 9, 2019, in Las Vegas, in the arms of his daughter, Janet. His wife, the former Jacklyn Vess, passed away March 29, 2011.
He was the son of the late Salvatore and Catalda Naro Nicosia of Dunmore. Born in 1927, he went to Dunmore High School and University of Pennsylvania Wharton School extension program.
He spent his first 26 years in Dunmore and moved to Las Vegas at a time when the city was in its infancy. He soon became one of Las Vegas' most prominent citizens, running for political office and was a lobbyist for Las Vegas Downs Horserace Track. He opened his company, Nicosia Air Conditioning and Sheet Metal. His company became one of the most successful construction businesses in the city.
Michael was an avid horse enthusiast and owner, several of which earned many titles at various racetracks across the country. His prize horse, "Movin n' Groovin," named after his daughter, Janet, after she went to cheerleader camp, had won stakes races in Arizona. In 1966, he won a national award as one of the "Top Men in Business Under 40." In Scranton and Las Vegas, he served as president of the Jaycees. Upon a return visit to Scranton in the late 1960s, he was given the "Keys to the City" from the mayor of Scranton.
Michael was a wonderful husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and a generous friend to many. He was a wonderful caretaker to his wife, Jacklyn, when she had a debilitating illness, and his love was always strong. Michael always stood by his principles and his strong belief in God and family. He stood tall and proud in everything he did, always remembering the less fortunate. He loved life and lived it to the fullest and always with class.
Along with his daughter, Janet Nicosia-Schroeder and husband, Ian, and their children, Norabella and Colin, he is also survived by a son, Michael Jr. and his wife, Susan, and their children, Robert; Christine Kerr and husband, Shawn; Michael III and his partner, Brittany Mackenstadt; Carla and Anna; a daughter, Kathleen Coyne and husband, James, and their children, Kory and his wife, Michelle; and James Jr. and wife, Amanda; and several great-grandchildren; a sister, Isabelle Bonavoglia, Scranton; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was also preceded in death by a sister, Grace Biagioni; and five brothers, Cataldo, Salvatore, Joseph, Anthony and John Nicosia.
The family would like to thank his many doctors and nurses; his wonderful next-door neighbor, Pam Marvel, who checked on him everyday and would bring him the paper and grace him with her dance stories. Most importantly, we would like to thank Annette McWhorter for her wonderful care and friendship to Michael.
The funeral will be Tuesday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Paul's Church, 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton. Entombment in St. Catherine's Cemetery Mausoleum.
Friends may call Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael's favorite charities, Red Cloud Indian School, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770; St. Benedict School, 4811 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103; Telespond Senior Services Inc.,1200 Saginaw St., Scranton, PA 18505; or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004.