Nikolaus Onjanow

May 23, 1922May 23, 2012

Nikolaus Onjanow, 90, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on his birthday, Wednesday May 23, 2012. He was born on May 23, 1922 in the Ukraine province of Russia to parents Michael and Vera (Barkowa) Onjanow. He was married to Nadja (Lysycyna) Onjanow for 63 years who preceded him in death in 2007. He is survived by son Michael (Suzanne) of Georgetown, Texas, son Alex (Cheryl) of Spring, Texas and daughter Vera (Bob) Poe of Round Rock, Texas, a grandson Josh Poe of Round Rock, Texas and several step grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Nikolaus was a loving husband and devoted father and grandfather. World War II displaced him to Germany. He completed his electrical engineering degree in Germany where he married Nadja in 1947. He graduated with honors in 1949 from a technical university in Bremen, Germany. Shortly after, they moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil for Nikolaus to work as an engineer at an electrical motor manufacturing company, and also where sons Michael and Alex were born. The family moved to Buffalo, New York in 1957 where Nikolaus worked at Westinghouse Electric for the next 30 years, and where daughter Vera was born. Westinghouse transferred him to Texas in 1976.

Nikolaus was a gifted and skilled electrical engineer who worked on designing high horsepower electric industrial motors. In 1977, he was recognized by Westinghouse with their most distinguished award, The Order of Merit, for his valuable and lasting contributions in developing solutions to the complex problems of electrical rotating machines.

Nikolaus retired in 1987 to spend time with family and to enjoy gardening, cooking and reading. More recently, Nikolaus was a faithful member and supporter of St John the Forerunner Orthodox Church in Cedar Park, Texas. He was a tonsured Reader in the Orthodox Church and was blessed by service to the church in his last few years.

The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, May 28, 2012 at St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church, 800 West Park Street in Cedar Park, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, 29, 2012 at St. John the Forerunner Orthodox Church in Cedar Park with Reverend Father Aidan Wilcoxson officiating. Interment will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Liberty Hill, Texas.

Arrangements by Cook-Walden Davis Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Drive, Georgetown, Texas 78628 (512)863-2564.


  • Trisagion Service Monday, May 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Bob Poe

January 24, 2013

Thinking of you tonight Pop, I miss you more today than the day you were reborn! I will always cherish you and the heart-to-hearts and especially the head-to-head talks we shared! I will cherish your love for as long as I live!

Thank y'all for your love and support during this most difficult time!!!!

Sherry Pyle

May 29, 2012

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Beverly Smoot

May 27, 2012

I'm thinking of you all

kit oldham

May 26, 2012

what a wonderful long life he had. I am so sorry for your loss. May you be comforted by your loving memories. will keep you all prayerful.

Chuck Wilson

May 26, 2012

We were sorry to hear of Nick's passing. Please accept our condolences. (I worked for him for a short while at Westinghouse and knew him well). May the Lord bless and keep you, now and forever.
Chuck and Karen Wilson

The Strobel's

May 26, 2012

We would like to recognize Nick as the strong Godly man he was. Thank you for your positive influence upon our family. We will truly will miss your clever wit, strong moral character and sharp mind. You're in heaven now. I imagine you're probably talking to our Dad about what rotten kids we were!! Hope you forgive us for all our shenanigans. Love you always, The Strobels

Frank Hubbard

May 26, 2012

May 25, 2012
I worked with Nick at Westinghouse in Round Rock. He was a man with excellent logic seasoned with a great sense of humor. Sometimes we would speak Portuguese just for practice and fun. It was an honor to know him.

Jan Christian

May 25, 2012

We were very sorry to hear about your Dad. Please know our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.

Our love, Margaret and Jan

May 25, 2012

We was saddened to hear of your recent loss and would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family on the recent passing of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

The Jordan Family

Tyler Stromsness

May 24, 2012

Dear Mr Poe
I'm sorry that your father died. I hope he's having a nice time in heaven. I know that he's watching over you.
Love, Tyler Stromsness
Mr Poe
We're thinking about you and your family and praying for peace at this time.
Stromsness Family