A Finnish Heritage Museum Member
Nicholas Alexander Hiltunen, age 31, of Mt. Olive, N.C., passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in Goldsboro, N.C.
Born July 15, 1979, in Willoughby, he was a resident of Mt. Olive, N.C., for the past five years and a prior resident of Painesville.
He was a 1997 graduate of Fairport Harding High School and a Miami University of Ohio graduate with B.S. communications degree and a minor in systems analysis. He served as campus news editor of the Miami School newspaper "The Student."
Nicholas played the lead role in "Pippin" his senior year in high school. He also took first place honors in the NC Press Association "News Feature Writing" in Division A newspapers in 2006.
Nicholas was a talented musician and had a superb singing voice, played the guitar, piano and the saxophone. He also was an avid photographer and was very savvy with computers.
Hiltunen was a member of the Finnish Heritage Museum and most recently served as its webmaster.
Most recently, he owned and operated Candle Web Design, specializing in mid to large web site designs in Mt. Olive. Employed as the crime and legal reporter at the Goldsboro News Argus in North Carolina past three years, he covered major crime trials.
He previously worked as a reporter for the Four Oaks-Benson News and Review, wrote for the Lake County Gazette and Tribune, and served as Geauga County Bureau chief and staff writer for The News-Herald.
He is survived by his parents, Lasse and Jovette (Butcher) Hiltunen of Painesville; and brother, Seth (Jennifer) Hiltunen of Auburn, Ind.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Uuno and Aini Hiltunen and Gene and
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Zion Lutheran Church, 508 Eagle St., Fairport Harbor, OH 44077.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Final resting place will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are requested to the Zion Lutheran church or to the Fairport Finnish Heritage Museum.
Arrangements are being handled by Potti Funeral Home.
Published in News-Herald from June 16 to June 17, 2011 And in the Plain Dealer June 16.