OBITUARY

Nicolae Bulik

March 16, 1947November 6, 2020
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On Friday, November 6, 2020, Nicolae “Nick” Bulik, loving husband, father, son and brother passed at the age of 73. Nick was born on March 16, 1947 in Uzdin, Yugoslavia to Jon Bulik Sr. and Saveta Cornea Bulik. Nick left to Paris, France at age 18 where he met his beloved wife, Angelina Stefan. They married in Paris and immigrated together to Chicago, IL in 1968 to pursue the American Dream. In life, Nick could be described as steadfast, determined, and unwavering. When he and Angelina came to America, he went to work at National Lead, manufacturing cars. Eventually, Nick was hired to manage the grounds at Northwestern University. During his time there he was told he had 2 weeks of vacation expiring. So being the man he was, Nick got his old factory job back for 2 weeks instead of taking time to relax. His hard work was undeniable and paid off in 1979 when he purchased the future Bulik’s Amusement Center in Spooner, WI. It was in Spooner that Nick lived out his life and enjoyed his love of hunting, fishing, and breathing fresh air. It’s sufficient to say that Nick exceeded the American Dream. In remembering his own life, Nick often said he escaped communism, came to this country not speaking the language, without an education, and no money. At his death, he was an extremely proud American, spoke 5 languages, supported 2 generations of college graduates, and was a self-made business owner. While these were amongst his accomplishments, Nick’s true pride was entirely selfless. If you talked to him for even a moment you’d feel his lovingness exude. Reflecting on his greatest triumph, he’d tell you about his family and how truly proud he was of all of them. Nick was preceded in death by his father, Jon, his mother Saveta, his nephew Robert Bulik and friends Moise Brenic, Elmer and Herald Rheingans, and Tony Bohner. Nick will be sorely missed and survived by his wife Angelina Bulik, his two children Valentina Bulik-Bohner and Margareta Bulik, his sister Silvia (Todor) Miok, brother Jon (Konstanca) Bulik, and sister Draga (George) Jovica and grandchildren Anthony John Bohner II, Charles Nicolae Bohner, and Miriam Angelina Bohner. A visitation will be held on Thursday, November 12th, 2020 at Malec and Sons Funeral Home, 6000 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60646, from 3:00pm until 8:00pm. A funeral liturgy will follow on Friday, November 13th, 2020 at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church, 4225 North Central Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634, at 11:00am. Interment Rosehill Cemetery. In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Malec & Sons Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the state of Illinois, which allow 25 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced and all guests will be required to wear face masks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information, please call (773) 774-4100. Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Church, 4225 North Central Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60634.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

  • Funeral Liturgy

    Friday, November 13, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, November 13, 2020

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Herbert Kaelin

November 23, 2020

I just received word of Mr, Bulik's passing. My entire family knew Nicolae and looked forward to our annual family outing at the Go-Kart Track during trips to our family property at Gull Lake, Wi. He always smiled broadly when our family came for rides. My father passed in 2018, and I remember he enjoyed his conversations with Nicolae at the track. My father gave him a DeKalb Florist and Greenhouse hat and Nicolae gave him a Bulik's Amusement hat in return. My father also received a newspaper clipping about Nicolae's chance encounter with a large black bear while dear hunting, which he promptly posted on the bulletin board in the flower shop office. Condolences to Mrs. Bulik and family. God bless his memory.
Herb and Julie Kaelin

Mary Lokken

November 23, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. We brought our son to ride go carts and later on we brought our grandchildren. I hope someone will keep it going. A couple of years ago, I spoke with your Dad and asked where he was from and how it was coming here. I was anxious to ask him more questions about his life. He was interesting.

Noelle Williams

November 18, 2020

I am sorry for your loss. I don't really have a memory. I didn't even get to met or know the man. I did however worked with his daughter Valentina. She is the most caring, compassionate human being and friend. So I can say he was a great man having raised her and all his wonderful grandchildren. Peace and love to your family.

Kay Case

November 10, 2020

I have known Nik and Angelina a short time amid his long lifetime of accomplishments and grace. Both have been very special to me and I have also had the opportunity to know his family as well. Nik’s grace and loving spirit will continue through them. I will sadly miss him and I give my thoughts and prayers to Angelina and rest of family.

Geri Bottles

November 8, 2020

Mark and I are so very sorry for your great loss. May the amazing memories sustain you all in this difficult time!

Mark and Geri Bottles
Eagle, Idaho

Gary Magnus

November 7, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of his passing he was such a great friend to me it gave him such great fun when I'd go deliver him his whitetails unlimited banquet tickets and he always was do generous to our group with his donations he'd give every year his wife would come with and they always had a good time I'll miss the gentleman he was and him being such a loving guy who enjoyed hunting up in our country he called home will miss seeing you Nick thanks Gary Magnus Spooner wisc

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