Chesterton Tribune

James Nadratowski dies at age 75

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James Richard “Ski” Nadratowski, age 75, passed away on Wednesday October, 5, 2011.

Jim is survived by Joan (or Joanne, by which he called her) his beloved wife of 56 years, and his sister Phyllis Payne.

He is also survived by six children: Debbie (Jim) Reuther, Jamie (Karl) Dagostaro, Cheryl (John) Gillikin, John (Susan) Nadratowski, James (Denise) Nadratowski Jr. and Pat (Linda) Nadratowski.

He is also survived by 16 Grandchildren: John (Sara), Joseph, James, Christopher (Kari Ricard), Patrick, and Linzy Nadratowski, Rachel (Arben) Katwal, Katie (Jeff) Bruner, Amy and Matt Gillikin, Krista (Ben) Bauer, Nick (Heather) Dagostaro, Jennifer (Chad) Byers, Ashley Virden, Tyler and Zachary Burris and seven great-grandchildren: AJ, Ava and Addison Bruner, Dominick Dagostaro, Austin Wilson, Carter and Bailey Nadratowksi.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edna and John Nadratowski, his brother –in-law Edward Payne and two nieces, Valerie and Laurie Payne.

Jim worked at New York Central Railroad before enlisting in the Marines where he proudly served and eventually met his wife Joan while stationed in California.

After the Marine Corps., he worked as a salesman for Certified Labs and Tilden Enterprises before fulfilling his dream of being his own boss and opening his first bar/restaurant Ski’s Place in Otis. He then opened another establishment in Portage naming it Ski’s Bar and Grill, which he and Joan operated until 1995. All the while he was active in local politics, serving as Democratic Precinct Committee Person for a while and even running for Westchester Township Justice of the Peace.

He was also a member of the Indiana Licensed Beverage Association and served as President of the Tri-County Tavern Association for many years. He loved his Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” football and spent many Saturday afternoons watching the games with his best friend Gigi (the wonder dog) sitting on his lap. After retiring in 1995 Jim and Joan enjoyed traveling to warmer climates in their motor home with Gigi keeping them company.

Jim was well respected and loved by many and will be sadly missed.

By Jim’s request, no funeral arrangements have been made, but a “Celebration of Life” Memorial will be held at a later date.



Posted 10/10/2011