Nicholas J. “Nick” Verzino, Sr.
Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church at age 94, He was called to Heaven on Wednesday January 4, 2023 with his family at his side. Son of the late Alfonso Verzino and Elizabeth “Pearl” Verzino (née Caruso), brother of the late Marie Schmidt (James), husband of 67 years to Margaret Jane Verzino (née Zickel), father of Mark (Jeanene), Mike (Tammie), Matt (Tiffany), Nick Jr., Steve (Sharon), and Chris (Ellen), grandfather of Nickolas, Thomas (Sara), Anthony, Timothy, Zachary, Kate, Kyle, Meredith and Cameron, loving uncle, cousin and friend to many.
Dad’s passing has been felt by many. His spirit will live on through us. He was a devout Catholic, husband and father. He taught his sons the value of hard work and love of family. He grew up in North St. Louis, attended St. Edwards grade school, then went on to CBC high school on a band scholarship (class of ’46 ) He then attended St. Louis College of Pharmacy. He maintained many friendships from both CBC and the St. Louis College of Pharmacy throughout his life. He served his country in the Korean War. While in the Army and stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood-, Nick would come home on weekends and attend parties at his military buddies’ homes—and there is where he met the love of his life Margaret. He would also bring his friend and fellow soldier from Wisconsin, James Schmidt, with him on weekends for a great home-made Italian meal. It is there where James met, fell in love with, and married Nick’s sister Marie.
Nick owned and operated Belt Loop Pharmacy in the neighborhood he was raised in North St. Louis for 8 years. He then worked at several pharmacies in St. Louis to include Gasen Drug and Ladue Pharmacy. From there he went into business with his brother-in-law James at Clayton Medical Pharmacy until his retirement at around age 65. Before the era of 24 hour pharmacies, It would not be unusual for him to run up to his pharmacy at all hours of the night to refill a script or get something for one of his customers. He was a member of the St. Louis Fratellanza Society, Knights of Columbus and Little Flower Men’s Club- serving as president for a term in the late 70’s.
Services: Visitation and funeral Mass will be held at Little Flower Catholic Church, 1275 Boland Place. Visitation on Thursday, January 12 from 4-7:30 pm with the funeral Mass on Friday, January 13 at 9:30 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Little Flower Catholic Church or CBC High School appreciated.
The family cannot thank enough dad’s team of home health workers Yvonne Johnson, Doris Townes, Annie Ivy, and Toni Brown Davis. They also would like to thank the good people at Vitas Healthcare.
Word is out that God has a new chief pharmacist!