Born and raised in Fresno, Calif., Nick Mustaciola was born to Antonio and Louisa Mustaciola, both immigrants from Italy who came to this country in the early 1900s. Nick is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (McNulty) Mustaciola. He is also survived by his younger brother, Peter Mustaciola (wife Karlene), of Fresno. Previously deceased are his parents, brothers Mike and John Mustaciola, and his sister, Ann Benjamin.
Together, Nick and Ruth raised three beautiful daughters, Valentina Leonor (Ignatious) aka “Peewee” Leonor, Louise Montero and Regina Lujan. Not only did Nick devote his time and love to raise his three daughters but he also was a predominate influence in raising his five grandchildren: Jason Lujan, William Lujan (Amanda Lujan), Tina Lourenco (Anthony Lourenco), Christina Leonor and Nicholas Leonor. Fortunately, he was blessed to see his great-grandchildren, Degan Lourenco, Delphine Lujan, Declan Lourenco and Augustine Lujan. Nick is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Nick enlisted in the Army shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He was assigned to the 640th Tanker Destroyer Battalion and served in the Asiatic Pacific theater. He received medals for Good Conduct, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippines Liberation ribbon and a Bronze Star.
After the war ended, Nick settled in San Francisco, Calif., where he attended the California School of Fine Arts and received a degree in graphic arts. Nick enjoyed several types of media: water color, charcoal, oil painting and especially enjoyed making sketches of the people and scenery he would encounter so that he could share them with friends and family.
Nick worked for the American Can Company and San Francisco city and county before retiring. After retiring, he lived in Moss Beach and Folsom, Calif. During his retirement, he and his wife were able to travel to Europe, the Hawaiian Islands several times, Mexico, the East Coast, Grand Canyon and their local favorites — Lake Tahoe and San Diego. Traveling to the ocean waters, especially with their families, gave both of them great joy.
We are all grateful to experience the kindness and love of this amazing man, husband, Dad, Grandpa and Granpie. You will be forever missed and your bright smile will forever shine in our lives.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 4 p.m., Oct. 19, at Our Lady of Pillar Catholic Church, 400 Church St., Half Moon Bay, and a private “Celebration of Life” for family and friends will follow.