Nicholas L. “Nick”" Mollura, 91, of Curwensville, died Wednesday at the Clearfield Hospital. Born Dec. 5, 1920, in Clearfield, he was the son of Andrew and Margaret (Staffa) Mollura.
As a World War II veteran in the 402nd Engineer Battalion, he served six campaigns – one in Africa, one in Sicily and four in Italy, where he was awarded The Good
Conduct Medal and The European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with six Bronze Stars.
He proudly received his high school diploma from the Clearfield Area High School in a ceremony on June 4, 2004 after leaving high school before graduation to serve his country.
His working career began at Elk Tanning Company. And after its closing, he went to work at The Franklin Tannery in Curwensville. He was then employed by North American Refractories in Curwensville for 30 years and retired in 1982.
Mr. Mollura was a proud member of the 1939 Clearfield Bison undefeated football team. He loved hunting, fishing, all sports, and even roller skating, in his younger days. He greatly enjoyed watching John Wayne movies. Spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was his greatest joy.
He also looked forward to the daily visits from his great niece, Lorri Fida.
On July 27, 1946, he wed Helen Puzzuto, who preceded him in death on Jan. 9, 1987.
He is survived by two children, Linda (Mollura) Sloppy and her husband, Harry “Jim,” and Dennis A. “Dan” Mollura, all of Curwensville; three grandchildren, Harry
“Jamie” Sloppy Jr., Melissa Sloppy and Nicole (Sloppy) Collins and her husband,
Dustin, all of Curwensville; and four great-grandchildren, Jarrett Sloppy, Alisha Sloppy, Seth Sloppy, and Kacyn Collins, all of Curwensville, and several nieces and nephews.
Also surviving is a brother, Andrew of Kentucky, two sisters, Sue Houser of Clearfield and Mary Schuh of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Margaret and brothers, Dominic, Paul, Samuel, Peter and a sister, Margaret Rami.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the St. Timothy’s Roman Catholic Church, Walnut St., Curwensville, with the Rev. Father Mark J. Mastrian as celebrant. Interment will be in the Crown Crest Memorial Park, Hyde.
Friends will be received from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday at the Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Curwensville and from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, when the procession will depart for the church.
The Rosary will be recited by members of St. Timothy’s Altar and Rosary Society at 2:15 p.m. Friday, and a Scripture Vigil Service will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. Friday, both at the funeral home.
The family suggests contributions be made to either the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chidboyfuneralhome.com.
The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.