ROCHERSTER - Nick J. Tretinyak Sr. , 87, of Rochester, died Friday May 14th, 2010 at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth where he had been a resident since November 2009. Mr. Tretinyak was born March 20, 1923 in Rochester. He served in the Army Air Corp during WWII. After discharge, he worked for General Electric and Westinghouse as a machinist and millwright. Nick retired from Rochester Dairy/PACE Dairy where he had worked as a Maintenance Engineer for 27 years. He was creative mechanically and amazed people with his practical solutions and interesting "inventions". Following retirement, Nick performed general maintenance and served on the Board of Directors for Cronin Homes Inc where he had been a resident. The Cronin Home community was an important part of his life. He married Beverly Ann Derby on May 9, 1953 in Rochester. Mrs. Tretinyak preceded him in death on January 17, 1975.He is survived by his son, Nick Tretinyak Jr. of Atlanta, GA, and one grandson Noah. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a sister Helen and a brother Carl.A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 16, 2010 at Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Sunday at Ranfranz and Vine. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Mantorville, MN at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cronin Homes, Inc. 825 West Silver Lake Dr. N.E. Rochester, MN 55906 or Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth 24 8th St. N.W. Rochester, MN 55901 Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Homes5421 Royal Place NW, Rochester, MN.(507) 289-3600 www.ranfranzandvinefh.com
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