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Obituary for Nicholas James Van Atta

Nicholas James Van Atta was a loving and caring son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, partner, and friend. He left this world suddenly on Sunday, August 8th. He was 24 years old.
Nick was born to Carmela and James Van Atta on September 2, and was lovingly called “Nikko” by family members growing up. From a young age, Nick was a natural athlete, picking up trophies and medals from various sports such as karate, baseball, and lacrosse. Nick’s drive, energy, and outgoing personality took him to Illinois State University. There, he was a founding father of his fraternity Sigma Nu, which was one of his proudest accomplishments, and also met his loving partner Irene. He graduated in May of 2020 with a degree in Political Science.
After graduation, Nick immediately found a job and eventually moved to a place by the lake in Chicago. He had a love of music and food, which he used as his compass to navigate the city he loved and called home.
A bright soul, Nick was loved by everyone that met him. He had a way of always keeping those around him laughing, and had an infectious smile and laugh that made people feel at ease just by being around him.
Nick is predeceased by his father James Van Atta; and maternal grandfather Patricio Rocio Zuño and paternal grandparents Norma and Richard Van Atta He is survived by mother, Carmela; his brother, Alex; grandmother, Edna; aunts/uncles Arnie, Lenie, Celine (Warren); Kimberly Van Atta; cousins Jessica (Joe) and William, and long-term girlfriend Irene.
Visitation for Nicholas will take place on Thursday, August 11th, 2022 from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Cumberland Chapels, 8300 W Lawrence Ave, Norridge, IL, 60706. Funeral Friday, beginning at the funeral home at 9:00 am and will then proceed to St. Robert Bellarmine Church 4646 N Austin Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 for 10:00 am Mass. Interment will follow at Acacia Park Cemetery, 7800 Irving Park Rd, Norridge, IL, 60706.