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Dr. Nicholas S. Dzubay, 84

Nicholas S. Dzubay, died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at Knapp Haven Nursing Home in Chetek following a short illness. He was 84.

He was born Sept. 26, 1926, the youngest of eight children.

He left high school before graduation in 1944 to join the Army. He served with the military police in Germany and England during the liberation and was honorably discharged.

After farming for a time, he enrolled at River Falls Teachers College in 1947. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1953. He operated a large animal practice for 11 years at Cameron while working as a field man for Abbott's Dairy. In 1964, he earned a master's degree in public health from the U of M, completing his studies and thesis in a year. The family returned to Cameron and he was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as inspector in-charge at then-Jerome Foods. He also traveled to beef and poultry plants in Abbottsford, Minong, Chetek, Eleva, Edgar and Green Bay, providing inspection services. He entered semi-retirement in 1991.

Nick married Shirley A. Beyl on Sept. 9, 1950, at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church at Clayton. The couple celebrated their 60th anniversary last year.

He was ordained a deacon in the Orthodox Church in America in 1973 and remained deeply involved in parish life at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church until his death. He directed the church choir for more than 30 years, served on the parish council before becoming a clergy member and helped perform services.

He served 13 years on the Barron City Council, was a long-time member of the Barron County Barbershop Chorus and operated the Holidog Inn boarding kennel from their rural Barron home until shortly before his death.

His love and compassion for animals shaped his life and career. He was also a lifelong learner, passionate gardener, hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed golf, woodworking, traveling and high school sports.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Barron; daughters, Alexa (Boris) Geeza, Long Grove, Ill., and Paula McDaniels of Barron; son, Steven (Susan) of River Falls; sister, Olga (Robert) Mommsen of Mercer Island, Wash.; and grandchildren, Anne and Mary McDaniels, Masha and Nick Geeza, and Ella and Isaac Dzubay.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 523 First St., Clayton. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will resume for an hour prior to the 10:30 a.m. funeral service at the church on Saturday, July 23. Fr. Christopher Wojcik will officiate, with burial in the church cemetery. For directions, visit

The family prefers memorials to Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 523 First St., Clayton, WI 54004.

Williamson-White Funeral Home at Amery is assisting the family.