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Nickolas "Nick" Rakuc
  • Christ the Savior Orthodox Church
    1802 Pershing Ave.
    Rockford, IL

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Nickolas "Nick" Rakuc, 75, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2012, after a valiant effort against cancer. He was born on February 5, 1937 in Belarus; the son of Peter and Halina Rakuc and stepson to Jadwiga Rakuc. He immigrated to the United States in 1949, and he moved to Rockford in 1950 and started working at Amerock in 1956. He married Olga Nekrasewich on July 19, 1958 and they were happily married for 34 years until she lost her own battle with cancer in 1990. After working at Amerock, he decided to follow his love of building houses and eventually started his own business, Rakuc Distinctive Homes, Inc. in 1967. He was a past president of the Rockford Home Builder's Association and built many custom homes in Rockford and the surrounding areas. He was an avid fisherman and a member of Coon Creek Casters Fishing Club in Belvidere. He was also a member of the Belvidere Lion's Club and Belvidere Moose Club. He served as Vice President on the Greenwood Cemetery Board of Directors in Rockford. He was a life long member of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Rockford and served his church in many capacities.

Survived by his children, John (Lisa Stankey) Rakus of Belvidere, Julie (Jim) Hansberry of Rockford, Deborah (Jim) Brucker of Cincinnati; grandchildren, John and James Hansberry; brother, Walter (Lidia) Rakuc; sister, Mary (Bill) Johnson; friend, Nadya Opri; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his second wife, Reva (Pedriana) Rakuc and his parents.

Visitation 5 – 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 7 in Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd., 215 N. Sixth Street, Rockford with Blessing Service at 7:00 p.m..

Funeral Service 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 8, 2012 in Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 1802 Pershing Ave., Rockford, with Fr. Basil Aden, officiating.

Memorials to Christ the Savior Orthodox Church. Online condolences at www.sundbergfh.com