George "Nick" Bertino a beloved husband, father, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2023, at the age of 74. Born on August 28, 1949, in Joliet, Illinois, Nick lived a vibrant and fulfilling life that touched the hearts of everyone he encountered.
Nick's passion for music was evident from an early age. With his mesmerizing skills with vocals, playing the guitar and piano, he captivated others with his soulful performances. His love for antique cars was unparalleled.
Known for his infectious sense of humor, Nick had a knack for putting a smile on the faces of those around him. His quick wit sarcastic sense of humor got many a chuckle. Nick embraced the adventure of travel, exploring new destinations and creating treasured memories with his family and loved ones. He was proud of driving his big rig. and enjoyed his many long distance trips around the country.
As a bricklayer, Nick was a true master of his craft. His attention to detail and dedication to his work garnered the respect and admiration of his peers and clients alike. A jack of all trades, Nick was known for his versatility and the ability to fix just about anything.
Having served in the Navy Air Force, Nick bravely contributed to the nation's defense, utilizing his skills as an electrician to repair and maintain aircraft. His commitment to serving his country reflected his strong sense of duty and unwavering patriotism.
Nick will be dearly missed by his devoted wife, Elaine Bertino, their children Brandy (Doug) Lauer, Susan (Kyle) Vachowiak, and Nick Bertino. Nick also leaves four beloved grandchildren: Devin and Mason Vachowiak, and John and Rose Lauer. He also leaves four siblings: Carolyn Elsen, Stephen Bertino, Becky Woltring, and Joan (Tim) Johnson, along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Lee Bertino, a brother, Jerry Bertino, and a sister, Peggy Bertino.
Funeral services and ceremonies to honor Nick's life will be held on Saturday, October 28th at Restlawn Memorial Park's Chapel from 10 AM - 11 AM. A funeral service celebrating Nick's life will follow at 11 AM. Nick will be laid to rest following the funeral service with full military honors. Please join us as we celebrate the remarkable life of a man who brought joy, love, and laughter to all. Brainard Funeral Home of Wausau has been honored to walk with this family in their time of need.
Nick's family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for the staff of Mount View Care Center and Aspirus Hospice.
Nick Bertino, may you rest in eternal peace, knowing that your legacy will live on in the hearts of those you touched and inspired.