Bezruczko, Nikolaus

Written by David Green.

Nikolaus “Nikolai” Bezruczko, 88, of Fayette, Ohio, died Jan. 30, 2013.

Nikolaus was born March 18, 1924, in Genechsk, Ukraine, the son of Evan and Tanya Bezruczko.  He came to America in the 1950s with his wife, Alouisa, and son, Nikolaus.

He worked as a machine operator for Morenci Rubber Products for 38 years.  He moved to Indianapolis as he became ill to be closer to his son, Alexander, who helped care for him.  

Nikolaus is survived by his sons Alexander, Nikolaus and Mark Bezruczko; daughters Mary (and William) Kenley and Paula (and Travis) Cunningham; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by spouses Alouisa Bezruczko and Vera Bezruczko, and a daughter, Anna Baldwin.

Visitation is planned from 1-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center, Indianapolis, with a funeral service beginning at 3 p.m. Burial is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in Pleasant View Union Cemetery, Fayette.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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