Nick Tisak, 93, formerly of Ambridge, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2023, at Masonic Village, Aleppo Township. He was born on April 13, 1930, in Ambridge, to the late John and Susan (Bondra) Tisak. Nick's parents emigrated from Jakubjany, Slovakia, Austro-Hungary Empire and became American citizens. Nick, the youngest son of his family, grew up in Ambridge, while his father worked at the former Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation, Aliquippa Works. Nick faithfully attended Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, Ambridge, where he served as an usher and pirohy worker. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, Carpenters Local 142/Millwrights Local 2235, and Masonic Lodge 630, F&AM, Sewickley. Nick served as a Corporal in the Marine Corps and as a Sergeant in the US Army. In 1950, the Army approved a plan to combine the Ranger concept with the Airborne concept to develop the US Army Airborne Rangers as we know them today. Tisak was in the Eighth Airborne Ranger Company that marked the culmination of that plan. He went on to serve with that unit in the Korean War where he was wounded in action, sustaining a gunshot wound to the lower left leg. Nick's commendations include the Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, Army Combat Infantry Badge, Marksman Badge, Airborne Glider Badge, Airborne Paratrooper Badge and numerous other service medals and ribbons. Preceding him in death in addition to his parents was his first wife, Margaret Ann (Sivy) Tisak,3 brothers, John, Stephen, & Joseph, 2 sisters, Susan (Mary) and Katherine, 3 other sisters that passed away in infancy, and a granddaughter, Jessica Marie Tisak. He is survived by his second wife, Madeline (Kosela) Tisak of Masonic Village, his sons, Nicholas A. and Joanne Tisak, Dr. Daniel J. Tisak, JCL, Captain Francis X. Tisak, USN and Dr. Ermi Tisak, Lt. Col Jeffrey H. Tisak, USMC and Therese Tisak, MSgt Paul E. Tisak USMC and Ruth Tisak and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family will receive friends on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the John Syka Funeral Home, Inc. 833 Kennedy Drive, Ambridge where a Panachyda service will be held Saturday at 9:30 AM followed by a Divine Liturgy for the repose of his soul at 10 AM in St Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 624 Park Road, Ambridge. A Parastas service will be held on Friday at 6 PM in the funeral home. Interment with full military honors provided by the Beaver County Special Unit and the US Army will follow at 11:30 AM in the SS Peter & Paul Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony Schools https://stantonkids.org/donation or to Saint Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church. May his memory be eternal.
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