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In 1951, he met Eva Safarian, a resident of Fresno, at a resort in Lake County, Hobergs Among the Pines. They were married in 1952 in Carmel and lived in San Francisco until 1954, when they moved to Fresno to be closer to Evas family. Fresno was their home for the next forty years, where they raised two daughters. During this time, Nick was employed at the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, first as a route supervisor and later as Director of Quality Control. He retired from Pepsi in 1982 after 27 years with the company. In 1995, Eva and Nick moved to Davis to be closer to their daughters. There, he lived a comfortable life, where he enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. Nick was active at the Davis Senior Center, regularly attending dyna band classes and bus excursions. In 2008, Eva and Nick moved to Covell Gardens, an assisted living residence in Davis, where they developed many new friendships. There, he thoroughly enjoyed daily exercise classes, sing-a-longs and sharing jokes with his friends and the staff. Nick will always be remembered for his sense of humor and his love for singing. In January 2010 when Eva passed away, Nick missed her greatly. He enjoyed fond memories of his beloved wife as he frequently sang his signature songs, Exactly Like You and Just in Time.
Nicholas is survived by his daughters, Susan Houlihan (Patrick) of Santa Rosa and Carol Grensted (Scott) of Davis. Additionally, he is survived by grandchildren Bethany Haynam (Stephen), Jared, Sean and Masha. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 4 at 10:30 a.m. at Davis Cemetery. The memorial service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Atria Covell Gardens. Donations in his memory may be made to Yolo Hospice or to the charity of your choice.
My prayers are with the Stathas Family during this sad time. I was a very good friend of Carol Stathas during Junior High and spent a lot of time at her house. I have always cherished the families generiousity and warmth during my numerous visits. As Carol and I started high school at different campuses, we lost track of each other but I have never forgotten our close friendship. When Carol went to Richmond, Virginia & Washington DC, she brought me back a pencil holder and gave me some phychodelic stationery and to this day, I still have both. I guess it was a way of keeping our friendship close to my heart. Mr. Stathas was a hard working man and he will be truly missed by the family. Marlene Vigil Smith Marlene.L.Smith@irs.gov
Marlene Vigil Smith Jun 3 2011 12:00 AM