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Peter Paul Nelisher

b. 28 October 1927, d. 12 January 1998

Father Johann "John" Nelischer b. 10 March 1894, d. March 1979
Mother Verna N. Poharesky b. 27 July 1896, d. April 1975
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Family Thelma Lucille Allen b. 2 January 1922, d. 14 March 2007
Marriage* 24 May 1953  Canton, Stark Co., OH, Principal=Thelma Lucille Allen2 
Child  1. Cheryl Lynn Nelisher b. 11 Mar 1955

Religion*   Catholic 
Education*   BS Kent State University 
Note*   Pete was born in Canton, OH on 4th St., S.W. He grew up in the city, was baptized at St. Peter's Catholic church and attended Timken High School. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served two full enlistments receiving two honorable discharges. His service was aboard the USS Holder. After the war he joined the Army and again served two terms of enlistment receiving another two honorable discharges. His duty for the most part was in Germany.

After returning from his service, he worked at many jobs among which were a sandwich shop in North Canton across from the Drive-In-Movie that he started with his life long friend, Jim Allen. It was through his friendhip with Jim that he met Jim's sister Thelma. She had been previously married to William Hall and had a son Bill from that marriage. They were divorced and Pete started dating Thelma and the two were married in 1954. Since Thelma had been divorced, Pete could not be married in the Catholic church which cause him much anguish. His parents were both devout members of the church and he felt resentment that he could not be nmarried there. He left the church because of this and associated himself with the St. Paul's United Methodist church in Canton. In 1955, a daughter, Cheryl, graced their family and Pete, Thelma, Bill and Cheryl were living in Canton South on 39th St. S. E.

It was during this time that Pete got the building bug and bought some land in the Steiner allotment in Canton South and built the family a good sized ranch home in which Thelma still resides and which has been the focal point of the Nelisher, Hall and Shirer family gatherings for many generations.

Pete enjoyed travelling and he and Thelma had owned a few travel trailers with which they saw much of the country. When the trailers became too much to maintain, they travelled by car or plane. San Antonio was a favorite spot for them to visit as well as Las Vegas. They also visited Europe a number of times and always made sure they had plenty of time to stay in Germany which Pete loved so much.

Pete worked most of his life as a time study engineer but retired early at the age of 55 and invested in rental units. At one time he owned two duplexes and a six unit apartment complex. He retained the six unit until a few years before his death. He was a very good landlord and maintained the properties himself.

Pete also bought land in Canton South, after he had built the family home, and planned and built an allotment in which his son and daughter in law were the first occupants. The quality of the homes he built were exceptional and though he did profit from their sale, he put more into the homes than most builders would, not cutting any corners to save money. The allotment today is very quiet and in exceptional condition.

Pete's last few years were spent fighting a rare form of cancer that had invaded his sinuses. He had undergone radiation treatments in Seattle and he and his family were sure that he had beaten this foe. A few years later, he agian started showing signs that the cancer had returned and this time the fight was in vain. He did not want to go through the agony of radiation treatments again which left his body ravaged and weak. He chose rather to live his final days at home surrounded by his family and friends. He passed away peacefully leaving a legacy few men accomplish in their short time on earth. 
Illness*   Died of a rare form of cancer. 
Occupation*   Time Study Engineer/ Landlord 
Christening   St. Peters Church, Canton, Stark Co., OH 
Birth* 28 October 1927  Canton, Stark Co., OH1,2 
Census* 1930  1930 Federal Census, Ohio, Stark County, Canton Township, Canton, Ward 3, ED 76-16, Series: T626, Roll: 1870, Page: 150B, April 11
Sheet 9B, 1412 7th St. N.E.
(enumerated with father, John Nelisher)
73, 214, 216, Nelisher, Peter P, Son, , , , , M, W, 2, S, , No, No, Ohio, Schecho: Slovic, Schecho: Slovic, , 13, 15, 0, , , Yes, None, , , , , , , ,3 
Marriage* 24 May 1953  Canton, Stark Co., OH, Principal=Thelma Lucille Allen2 
Burial* 1998  North Lawn Cemetery, Canton, Stark Co., OH2 
Death* 12 January 1998  Canton, Stark Co., OH2,1 
SSN* 12 January 1998  Peter NELISHER
Birth Date: 28 Oct 1927
Death Date: 12 Jan 1998
Social Security Number: 301-16-2946
State or Territory Where Number Was Issued: Ohio
Death Residence Localities
ZIP Code: 44706
Localities: Canton, Stark, Ohio1 

Last Edited 11 Aug 2005

  1. [S129] SSDI Death Index,.
  2. [S44] Denny Shirer Personal Research, Dennis S. Shirer.
  3. [S248] 1930 U.S. Federal Census , 1930 U.S. Federal Census.

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