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Nicholas Matthew Hyser
(05-25-1931 - 03-21-2021)

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Nicholas Matthew Hyser, 89, of Elgin passed away on March 21, 2021.  He was born on May 25, 1931 in Minneapolis, MN the son of Edmonf and Johanna (Schneider) Hyser.

Nick is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Carolyn Lowery-Hyser; children Dr. Matthew (Dr. Sonia Verges) Hyser, Christopher Hyser, Susan Hyser, Tamara Crow (Jimmy Crow); grandchildren Dr. Elise Hyser, Jenny Hyser, LaTasha Corry (Randy Corry), Nadia Romero (Vincent Romero), LaToya Crow; and great-grandson Adam Corry. Nick is also survived by his sister Carol (Hyser) Brochu.

Nick and Carolyn met at Hines VA Hospital during a staff meeting. Carolyn picked up some popcorn and threw it at Nick; he laughed and threw some back. It became a moment of fun and frolic. After the meeting, Nick called Carolyn and asked if she would have a coke with him. That began their love story. Nick and Carolyn married at St. Mary Catholic Church on June 7, 1986.

Together Nick and Carolyn dedicated their lives to their Catholic Church and the National Association for Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). They traveled the world to places like Costa Rica, Germany, and Yellowstone National Park. What Carolyn loved most about Nick was his adventurous spirit and his unwavering love and commitment to his family.

Nick was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. He was the fifth of seven children born to Edmund and Johanna (Schneider) Hyser. His father, who owned a wholesale grocery store in Minneapolis, died when Nick was nine-years-old. Nick graduated from De La Salle High School and worked various part-time jobs to pay for his tuition and books including a stint as a Western Union messenger. In high school, he also began serving in the Minnesota Air National Guard, which he continued in the evenings and in summer camps after graduation when he began working a factory job at Honeywell.

From May 1951 through October 1952, his Air National Guard Unit was activated to serve in the Korean War. Nick was assigned to a tactical control and warning squadron based in Seoul. His active duty service made him eligible for the G.I. Bill, which allowed him to attend college at the University of Minnesota where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting. He subsequently earned his M.S.W. at Loyola University in Chicago, IL. He met and married Harriet J. (Okonek) Hyser in Chicago before settling in Elgin, IL where they raised their family. Harriet died in 1979.

Nick invested 30 years of his professional social work career in the service and care of military veterans at Hines VA Hospital in Maywood, IL starting as an inpatient social worker on the medical and surgical wards before being promoted to Supervisor/Clinical Manager where he oversaw the veteran nursing home and adult day care programs and managed their multi-million dollar budgets.

Nick was an avid follower of current events. He frequently contributed to the civic discourse in many Letters to the Editor published throughout the years in the Elgin Courier News.

Nick was preceded in death by his parents Edmund and Johanna; five of his six siblings Robert, Daniel, Edmund, Donna and William; his first wife Harriet; his stepson Barry Lowery, and son-in-law Jay William Goedert.

Funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 11:00am, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 215 Thomas More Dr., Elgin, IL 60123, with Rev. Ryan Browning officiating. Burial with Military Honors, will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Elgin. Visitation will begin at the Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St., (Rt. 31), Elgin, IL 60123, from 9:00am until 10:30am, and then processing to church for mass.

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