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Nicholas A. Rastenis

Born: Thu., Nov. 8, 1979
Died: Mon., Oct. 19, 2020

Funeral Service


3:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sun., Oct. 25, 2020
Location: Pomierski Funeral Home

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Nicholas  Rastenis

November 8, 1979-October 19, 2020

Nicholas Rastenis ("Nick"), age 40, of Chicago, Illinois, unexpectedly passed on October 19, 2020. An indescribably devastating loss.

Nick, precious husband to Kerri Swiatnicki, beloved son to John and Judy (nee Trzaskus), and dear nephew of Jerry Rastenis. He studied set design at the University of Texas, Austin and attended Yale School of Drama.

Nick's presence was felt by all, his passion was inviting and contagious. Most of all his energy, which saturated, defined the spaces he inhabited and the relationships he cherished. His kindness was only matched by his passion, which may have led to the occasionally coffee mug thrown across the room. He was purposeful, active, and embraced his life. He did not simply exist. Nick lived. Hard.

He did not believe in playing it safe, fading into the background or accepting the status quo. He sought to live with impact. His fearless unconventionality allowed him to take risks that others would not and experience obstacles and disappoinntment and many wonderful successes. Nick allowed these experiences to continually shape and grow him. Nick was known for his energy and smile, which always brightened the room.

Nick's passion and love for art led him to be part of theater communities, companies, and projects from Austin to New York to Nashville and Chicago. His ideas and creativity were endless and his eye for design was amazing and unique.

Nick is also survived by his cats, Joe and Uncle Leo whom he loved immensely. He is preceded by his cat, Derry with whom he shared a very special bond.

We are having services on Sunday, October 25, from 3 to 9 pm at Pomierski Funeral Home, 1059 West 32nd Street, Chicago, IL 60608. Please understand, due to COVID 19 protocols, your visitation time may be limited due to capacity. Please wear masks. There will be a virtually viewing through Zoom @ https://bigshouldersfund-org.zoom.us/i/91546712066 between 4 pm and 6 pm with a wake viewing at 4:30 and 5:30.

In lieu of flowers, a request for donations to My Block, My Hood, My City @ 47 West Polk Street, STE 100, Chicago, IL 60605 or online at https://www.formyblock.org/donate.

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melissa Mizell
   Posted Fri October 23, 2020

ELEGANCE AND SIMPLICITY STANDING SPRAY was sent by Yale School fo Drama, Design Class '08.

Maureen Trzaskus
   Posted Sun October 25, 2020
JerryRastenis, I've spoken with Judi and John but wanted to extend my condolences to you too. We shared a special time in Nicks life and that bond remains in my heart and soul. Covid is physically keeping me away today, but I will be there in spirit and God's name🙏🏻

Melissa Schaeffer
   Posted Sun October 25, 2020
My dearest niece Kerri, I'm so sorry for your the loss of your husband Nick. Your sorrow is being felt throughout this family. I love you so much and I want you to know I'm here for you.

Aaron Varner
   Posted Sun October 25, 2020
I knew Nick in Chicago. We were really tight for a while. We eventually went our separate ways, but I have great memories with him and have always wished him well. This is a true loss.

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