Nicholas Winowich

Nicholas Winowich

October 06, 1922 - February 11, 2023
Charleston, WV

Nicholas Winowich

October 06, 1922 - February 11, 2023
Charleston, WV

Obituary

Nick Winowich, longtime resident of Charleston, WV, died Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2023, surrounded by family; he was 100 years old.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Natalie Winowich; his siblings, Dorothy Milkovich, Martha Saftner, and Milo Winowich; his children, Nancy Radtke (Bill), Nicholas Winowich (Joy), and David Winowich (Shelly); six grandchildren, Nicholas Radtke (Emily), Jacob Winowich (Aly), Timothy Winowich, Abigail Garrett Winowich (Matt), Lauren Lane (Spencer), and Brian Winowich; six great-grandchildren, Simone, Theia, and Jasper Lane, William and Ellie Radtke, and Milo Winowich; three step children, Alan Mendeloff (Susan), Lynn Hicks (Phil), and Daniel Mendeloff; and by his granddaughter, Lola Mendeloff (Corey).

Nick was a kind, loving, generous brother, husband, father, neighbor, and citizen, active in his church and community. He was a WWII vet, a retired director of the Kanawha County Public Library, and a longtime high school and college track and field official. He loved to read, travel, play tennis, and tell stories. He told stories so well that his children and grandchildren love to retell them themselves.

Nick grew up on the south side of Pittsburgh, PA, the oldest child of Serbian immigrants, Mile and Mildred Vujnovich. He served as a navigator/radio operator in the 4th Armored Division, from shortly after D-Day until after the war. He graduated from Bethany College in 1949 with a BA in history, attending on the GI Bill of Rights. He and his first wife, Ruth Ellen Flemming Winowich (1927-1977), met as freshmen in Religion 101, and married shortly after graduation. After he completed a Master’s in Library Science at the University of Pittsburgh, they settled in McKeesport, PA, moving to Charleston, WV, in 1956.

Nick considered himself to be a very lucky man. He will be lovingly remembered by many for a long time.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 17, 2023, at United Disciples of Christ Church, South Charleston, WV.

Visitation will be held at the church and will begin 30 minutes prior to services.

He will be buried at Mountain View Memorial Park Cemetery, Charleston, WV.

In lieu of flowers, friends might consider a donation to one of his favorite charities: WV Public Radio, Bethany College, or WV State University.

You may send condolences to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com .

The family can be contacted directly at nick.winowich@gmail.com

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: February 17, 2023 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
  • Venue: United Disciples Of Christ Church
  • Location: 100 United Disciples Drive South Charleston, WV 25309 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (304) 925-7771

Visitation

  • Date & Time: February 17, 2023 (10:00 AM - 10:30 AM)
  • Venue: United Disciples Of Christ Church
  • Location: 100 United Disciples Drive South Charleston, WV 25309 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (304) 925-7771

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5 responses to Nicholas Winowich

  1. Please accept my condolences on Nick’s passing away. I really enjoyed getting to know him when I was at Kanawha County Public Library and hearing some of his great stories! His influence on the Library endures to this day and Charleston is the better for the presence of a good man and a really good guy.

  2. R.I.P. Friend and patient.
    Steven and Jackie Artz

  3. My deepest sympathy to Natalie and all members of Nick’s family. May your memories of his storytelling and wonderful smile help you through these difficult days. Linda Wright, KCPL Director, 1986-2007

  4. What a great man leaving in his wake a great family and legacy of brilliance, compassion, a sense of humor and kindness. It is a privilege to have been a part of your life’s journey and I join you now with fond memories, love, and prayers .
    Miss you all and sending healing thoughts to you.
    Love always, Maggie McKivergin

  5. What a great man and family that is Nick’s legacy to humor, love, compassion, kindness and brilliance. I am with you now in Spirit as I pray for all with gratitude for the shared journey of goodness. Love always, Mag

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