Anthony “Tony” Nicholas, 61, of Redwood Falls died, following a courageous battle with cancer Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2012 from St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Nelson-Martin Funeral Home in Redwood Falls. There will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation will continue on Saturday at the church for one hour prior to services.
The family requests memorials be made to the donor’s choice or to the Childrens’ Cancer Fund.
Arrangements are with the Nelson-Martin Funeral Service of Redwood Falls. E-mail condolences may be sent via www.nelsonmartinfuneralservice.com.
Anthony “Tony” Nicholas, the son of Alexander and Conchet (Sparish) Nicholas, was born March 6, 1951 in St. Paul. He graduated from Monroe High School and attended Normandale College where he met “Lockett’s Rockets” and then St. Thomas College where he earned a degree in physical education.
He served as an army medic in Baumholder, Germany and for Charlie Company of the Minnesota National Guard in Redwood Falls.
Tony taught sixth grade at St. Michael’s Catholic School in Morgan. While teaching in Morgan, he met his future wife Becky Murphy, who is originally from Kilkenny.
Tony and Becky were married August 8, 1981 at St. Michael’s Church, Morgan. Tony worked at the Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Isanti and was currently employed as a security guard at Jackpot Junction Casino, Morton. He loved reading, especially history books about World War I and II, and Star Trek novels in particular. Tony enjoyed sports of all kinds, both as a participant and coach. He was an active member of St. Catherine’s Catholic Church.
Tony is survived by his wife of 31 years, Becky of Redwood Falls; his mother Conchet Nicholas of Cambridge; his brother Larry (Debie) Nicholas of Ronan, Mont.; his sister Terri (Lee) Donkersgoed of Cambridge; aunts Louise (John) Jennrich of Nevada, Iowa, Margaret Johnson of Alexandria, Evie and Theresa Sparish of Cumberland, Wis.; uncles Chester (Kathleen) Sparish and Mike (Rayola) Sparish all of Cumberland; mother-in-law Lucille Murphy and brothers-in-law Richard (Jennifer) and Tom (Joyce) Murphy all of Kilkenny; sisters-in-law Mary Lou (Jim) Ihrke of Madison Lake, and Colleen (Jeff) Johnson of Excelsior; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and many aunts and uncles.
Blessed be his memory.