Nicholas Wischuck, Beth Steel supervisor

October 01, 1993|By DeWitt Bliss | DeWitt Bliss,Staff Writer

Nicholas Wischuck, who retired as a supervisor at Bethlehem Steel Corp.'s Sparrows Point shipyard and at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, died Tuesday at the University of Maryland Medical Center of a systemic infection.

Mr. Wischuck, who was 76 and lived on Broadship Road in Dundalk, was also active in sports and community organizations in the Dundalk area.

He retired in 1974 as a supervisor in the hull department at Sparrows Point, where he had worked for 35 years. He then worked for five years at the Coast Guard yard.

He was one of the founders and chairman of the board of the Greater Dundalk Sports Hall of Fame. He was elected to the hall when it was established in the Dundalk Community College athletic building in 1983.

Kimbel E. Oelke, publisher and editor of the Dundalk Eagle weekly newspaper and another founder of the Hall of Fame said, "Nick was a rare individual who believed in doing most of the work on any project himself."

He said that with Mr. Wischuck's death, it was going to be difficult to keep the hall running smoothly.

He said that Mr. Wischuck made the plaques to be hung in the hall, handled publicity, planned the yearly inductions of new members, and had already set the agenda for the board's next meeting.

Mr. Wischuck had also campaigned for the establishment of Dundalk Community College. A scholarship fund in his name for

scholar-athletes was established at a 1990 testimonial dinner given for him by friends in the community.

Born in Coatesville, Pa., he played football and baseball for Coatesville High School and then attended Villanova University from 1936 to 1938 on a football scholarship. He also played baseball for the college in his second year.

He played football for the semi-professional Frankford Yellow Jackets in 1938 and also played for semi-pro baseball teams until 1947. In 1940, he placed second in an Olympic Trials wrestling tournament at the Baltimore YMCA.

He moved to Sparrows Point in 1939 and for many years coached youth football teams for the Edgemere Defenders and the Dundalk Athletic Club. He never had a losing season and won several championships.

He also wrote "The Streetwalker," a sports column for the Dundalk Eagle. The column's name reflected the fact that he never owned a car and walked practically everywhere.

A Mass of Christian burial was set for 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Rita's Roman Catholic Church, Dunmanway and Dunglow Road in Dundalk.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Elizabeth Cooney; a son, William Wischuck of Dundalk; two daughters, Diane Bond of Jacksonville, Fla., and Delores Wehner of Dundalk; a brother, Steve Wischuck of Coatesville; five sisters, Sophie McCarraher, Anne Sprout, Helen Mascuilli, Mary Pendyck and Betty Zelek, all of Coatesville; and four grandchildren.

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