Nick DeVito, 91, of Quincy, a former 36 year resident of Elk Grove Village, IL, entered into rest on March 17, 2014 in Quincy, IL.
Nick was the beloved husband of the late Carmella (nee Martino) who passed away February 11, 2014, brother of the late Lorraine Sopko, and loving father of Annette (Dan) Armstrong.
Nick was born in the town of Bagnoli Del Trigno, Italy on September 11, 1922. He arrived in the United States in 1929 and the family settled on the west side of Chicago. Nick and the family benefited from the many services the Hull House (located on the west side of Chicago) provided to immigrant families. Nick remembered the family receiving baskets of food and pieces of candy "because even poor kids deserve a treat" directly from Jane Addams, the noted social worker.
Prior to the war, Nick played accordion and piano in a professional band. After the gigs, they would ride the "el" home and play for tips on the train. Music remained important to him all of his life.
Nick served in WW II with the 172nd Combat Engineers Battalion puting up and taking down bridges all over Europe. He had lots of stories, but the most riveting was about being trapped behind enemy lines during the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 and witnessing the massacre at Malmedy, Belgium. He never forgot his service and it clearly played a central role in his life. While he was proud of his service, he understood the irony and futility of war and remained anti-war the rest of his life. He encouraged his family to understand that, "There's good and bad in all".
Survivors include his daughter, Annette (Dan) Armstrong; a sister, Mary Stam; a brother in law, Clarence "Squibby" Sopko; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Nick's last years were spent at Sunrise of Glen Ellyn and the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy where he received wonderful, loving care. Nick will be playing the accordion in the stars above and Carmella will be singing!
Cremation rites have been accorded to Mr. DeVito. Memorial services will be held at a later date at Sunset Cemetery at the Illinois Veteran's Home in Quincy.
Memorial contributions to the Alzheimer's Association of Chicago is appreciated.