Nicholas Monatesti, 75, USAF vet, worked for Educator’s Mutual Life, Lititz Youth Soccer volunteer

By on July 22, 2015

Nicholas Monatesti, 75, passed away Friday, June 19, 2015, at the Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona, after suffering a stroke. Nick had been a resident of Lititz from 1983 until 2004. He had recently moved from Philadelphia to Flagstaff, Ariz., so he could enjoy the weather and the mountains and be closer to his son.

Nick graduated from Berwick Senior High and attended Wilkes-Barre Business College before joining the Air Force and being assigned to the 19th Bombardment Wing at Homestead Air Force Base. After leaving the Air Force, Nick eventually earned a degree in economics from Immaculata College and spent most of his career in the insurance industry. He was a sales representative for Educator’s Mutual Life Insurance Co. of Lancaster until 1992, when he left to become a market conduct examiner for the Insurance Department of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, until he retired in 2000.

Monatesti served in the 111th Pennsylvania Air Guard for 24 years until his retirement in 1999 as a master sergeant. Nick was very proud of his military service and was committed to the Guard and the people who served. He volunteered his time to help soldiers and their families, even earning a Pennsylvania Commendation Medal for his work with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). In his retirement, Nick would work as the family readiness coordinator for the 111th Family Readiness Group.

Nick was an accomplished musician who played piano, organ, clarinet, and violin. He turned his love of music into a second career during his “retirement” when he offered private piano instruction, sometimes having as many as 25 students a week, in the Philadelphia area starting in 2004 and continuing until he relocated in 2014. Pastoral music being his favorite, Nick was always actively involved with his local Catholic church as an organist, cantor, singing in the choir, and even serving as choir director. While living in Lititz, he was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and, later, a member of St. James Catholic Church where he had been active in the music programs for both churches.

Service to his community was important to Nick, and, frequently, he could be found volunteering his time with Lititz Youth Soccer (serving, for a time, as vice president and president), coaching baseball and soccer, fundraising for construction of the Lititz Community Center, fundraising for the Lancaster/Lebanon County Arthritis Foundation, serving as president, in the late 1980s, for Clare House (a shelter for abused women and children), and for a number of other social services.

More than anything, Nick enjoyed doting on his three young grandchildren, spending time with his daughter and son, and taking walks with his dog Monte.

Nick was a boundless source of energy and indomitable optimism that infected everyone he met. He will be missed.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law: Nicole Renee Cunningham and Ryan Cunningham of Mont Clare; a son and daughter-in-law: Anthony J. Monatesti and Kristin Mahler of Flagstaff, Ariz.; a brother and sister-in-law: Sabatini and Ellen Monatesti of Berwick; three grandchildren; and two nieces and a nephew.

A Catholic mass will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 25, at Christ the King Church, 3252 Chesterfield Road, Philadelphia. Inurnment will take place in a national cemetery at a later date.

Bye, Dad.

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