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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Nicolaus Kasian
December 23, 1924 - January 4, 2018

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Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 419 Huntingdon Pike, Rockledge, PA 19046 - 215-663-8550 - Map
Clergy - Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church - 1629 West Cayuga Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 - 215-455-2416 - Map
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Donation - Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church - 1629 West Cayuga Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 - 215-455-2416 - Map
Donation - Ukrainian American Sports Center - TRYZUB - 1 Lower State Road, North Wales, PA 19454 - 215-343-5412 - Map
Donation - Prometheus Ukrainian Male Chorus c/o UECC - 700 North Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046 - 267-3147664 - Map

The following obituary was composed by Nicholaus’ family:

Nicolaus Kasian of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania peacefully entered eternal life on January 4, 2018. He was 93 years old. Nicolaus was born on December 23, 1924, in the Village of Mykulyntsi near Snyatyn, Ukraine.

While he was a student in high school, Nicolaus started to play soccer as a goaltender. Toward the end of World War II, he left Ukraine and went to Germany, where he continued to play soccer for various teams. From 1946 to 1947, he played for Orlyk in Berchtesgaden, Germany. In 1947, he later played for Berkut in Ulm, Germany. The team won first place and received the prestigious Bucyk Trophy in Augsburg, Germany.

The Ukrainian Olympic Committee selected Nicolaus as the official goalkeeper of the Ukrainian team competing in the Displaced Persons Olympics in Germany in 1948. His team won or tied all of its games, and, in the playoffs, Nicolaus and his teammates defeated Poland and Lithuania for the gold medal.

Following his participation in the Displaced Persons Olympics, he played for Sitch, a Ukrainian Soccer Club in Regensburg, Germany. While he was the net minder for Sitch, the club attained first place in the Ukrainian soccer league, and, in 1948, the team relocated and competed in the German soccer league, where it also attained first place.

In the fall of 1949, Nicolaus immigrated to the United States and played several games for the Ukrainian Sports Club of New York. In 1950, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he began to play for the newly formed Ukrainian American Soccer Club (UASC) Lions. He was a member of that team until his retirement in 1957. In 1952, he was named to the Chicago All-Star team. Between 1950 and 1957, Nicolaus and his fellow Lions won several championships. After retiring from playing the sport, Nicolaus coached the Chicago Wings, the Ukrainian American Youth Association (CYM) soccer team.

In 1958, Nicolaus married his wife Maria and moved to Philadelphia in 1960. Since then, Nicolaus was a very active member of the Ukrainian community in the Philadelphia area. He was a longtime member of Tryzub, the Ukrainian American Sports Center, currently located North Wales, PA. For 15 years, he was a teacher at the Ukrainian Heritage School (“Ridna Shkola”) in Jenkintown, PA. Nicolaus was an original member of Prometheus, the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Philadelphia, singing for over 40 years. During his tenure with the Chorus, Nicolaus held many positions, most notably president.

In 1966, he passed the soccer referee examination and subsequently became a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Soccer Referees Association. As an active soccer referee for 42 years, he impressively has 3,777 games to his credit! During those 42 years, he also coached several soccer camps for CYM in Ellenville, New York. In 1988 and 2008, he was the official referee for two Ukrainian Olympics organized by Ukrainian Sports Federation of the US and Canada (USCAK). In 1991, under the auspices of USCAK, he was chosen as a representative of the Ukrainian Diaspora to referee games with venues in Lviv, Ivano-Frankkivsk, and Nadvirna, Ukraine.

On April 27, 2002, the Philadelphia Old Timers Soccer Association inducted Nicolaus into its Hall of Fame to recognize his outstanding accomplishments and contributions to soccer. On May 1, 2002, the United States Soccer Federation of the State of Pennsylvania presented him with an esteemed award in honor of his outstanding refereeing services. His honors culminated on September 16, 2017, with his induction into the Ukrainian Sports Hall of Fame.

Nicolaus is survived by his wife Maria, his two children Roma Klufas (husband Alexander) and Myron Kasian (wife Tanya), and his six grandchildren Paul Klufas, Matthew Klufas, Melanie Klufas, Thomas Klufas, Andrew Kasian, and Victor Kasian.

Relatives and friends were invited to his viewing on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 9:00 A.M., followed by Panahyda at 9:45 A.M., and the Requiem Divine Liturgy at 10:00 A.M., at Christ The King Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1629 West Cayuga Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140.

A private burial following the service was held at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Elkins Park, PA.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to (1) Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, 1629 West Cayuga Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, (2) Tryzub – Ukrainian American Sports Center, 1 Lower State Road, North Wales, PA 19454, or (3) Prometheus Ukrainian Male Chorus, c/o UECC, 700 North Cedar Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046.

Family flowers arranged by Sally’s Flowers 215-722-4500.

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