Nicholas V. ‘Nick’ Maniaci

April 28, 1932 ‒ May 16, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Nicholas V. “Nick” Maniaci, age 85, of Marion, died peacefully Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Presidential Center in the loving arms of his family.

Nick was born April 28, 1932, one of four children of Natale and Domenica Maniaci.  He was raised in St. Mary Church, and graduated from St. Mary’s High School.

Nick served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy, a veteran of the Korean War.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, Nick returned home to Marion, where met and married his wife, Laura Peat, on December 2, 1961.  Together they started a family and later started Nick’s Pizza, where he personally served his customers for over forty years.

Very social, Nick loved playing cards, especially pinochle, with the who’s who in Marion.  He also enjoyed horse racing throughout most of his life.

Nick and his warm, gentle smile will be missed by his loving companion of over twenty five years, Bessie Henderson; daughters: Patty (Mike) Badertsher, and Diana (Rocky) Fox; 18 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; a sister, Nancy Murphy; brother-in-law, Bill Byrd; sister-in-law, Martha Maniaci; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nick was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Maniaci on Feb. 8, 1991; two siblings: Jenny Byrd and Joseph Maniaci; and a brother-in-law, Ed Murphy.

Inurnment services with military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council will be observed at his graveside in St. Mary Cemetery on Monday, May 22, at 11 a.m, with Father Ryan Schmit officiating.  A time of food and fellowship celebrating Nick’s life will follow at Timothy Lutheran Church (SR 95) from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion and condolences may be expressed to his family via

  • We are so sorry for you loss, your all in our thoughts and prayers
    We loved nick’s pizza!! Nancy and family we are thinking of you.
    Terri (Lupica) & Dan Tobin

  • So sorry to hear of Nick’s passing. I met Nick and Laura when my late sister, Millie, introduced me to them at the pizza shop in 1968 or 69. I then worked for them at their go-cart track that summer. Nick was a great guy and made the best pizza in town.

  • From the Rizzo Family.
    Our prayers and condolences for Nick and his family. We ordered his pizza on Friday nights that was our tradition. He is loved and will be missed. God Bless.

  • Patty, Diana, Aunt Nancy and family
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I don’t think I ever saw Nick without a smile on his face. What a great guy!

    Sincerely, Joe Tramontana and family

  • Marilyn Maniaci McBride and family, we are sorry for your loss. Praying for God to wrap His arms around you all for comfort and give you all renewed strength and His love. God bless you all.

  • Our family was saddened by the news of Nicks passing we loved him he knew our family he always was friendly and would take time out to joke around with my dad when he would deliver his pizza he was a wonderful man and his pizza ,was the most awesome perfect thin crust and toppings were delicious. No one and I mean no one will ever duplicate his recipe but my prayers go out to the family and may God wrap his arms around you and keep you close at this time and forever God Bless You!

  • Sending prayers for the family may God be with you R.I.P Nick fly with the Angels fly high my friend.

  • So sorry for your loss. At the time…Nick made some of the finest pizza in town and always had a smile on his face

  • My thoughts and prayers go to the Maniaci family. May God give you peace and strength.

  • I loved nicks pizza army dad Thomas bailey loved it he passed to nick was a fun guy to be around. May your family have peace knowing he’s with his family before him. Prayers be with u and in time the heart heals. Rip

  • I met Nick and Laura when I was just a little girl. My father Wayne Bright (Millie), on occasion, would take me to Nick’s house with him to visit. We loved Nick’s pizza, was my favorite as a child and into adulthood. I moved to Cardington back in 2006 and still drove to Marion just to pick up pizza from Nick’s. I was devistated when I heard they were closing down. They were the best, still have not found any place that has pizza as good as his. Always was a joy to see him on the other side of the door at delivery and in the shop during a pick up, such a great smile. My condolences to all of his family, he was a wonderful man.

  • Prayers for the family of a truly good man. Nick was a funny person with a great personality. Our whole family feels the loss of him. We will miss him, and his great pizza recipe. Haven’t found any that is as good. Rest in peace Nick.

  • To the entire Maniaci family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to each one of you. I came to know your family as our mothers were close friends. My mom was Betty Hanson . We also enjoyed knowing Nick and eating his great pizza. Thinking of you, Brenda (Hanson) Culver

  • So sorry for your loss. Remembering Nick and keeping all of you in my prayers.

  • At times, I worked the 2nd shift at Storad Label down Center Street from Nick’s Pizza. This was from about 1982 through 1987. I would order a pizza to be delivered from Nick’s. Usually a regular driver would deliver. But when Nick himself delivered, he would refuse my tip. He would say “Thanks but no as you are working.” I always remember he was always a friendly guy.

  • Patty,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. There are no words of comfort for you right now but you have your great memories of him that will carry you through this terrible time.

    With deepest condolences,
    Mary Beth Sanders-Caldwell