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Nicholas Michael Laudise

April 25, 1981 ~ February 21, 2021 (age 39)


Nicholas Michael Laudise, born on April 25, 1981, left us far too soon on February 21, 2021.  Nicholas leaves behind his father, Michael Bart Laudise, his mother, Melody Smith, his children, Elijah and Anala, their mother Dr. Taina Rodriguez, AP, LMT; his grandfather, retired Colonel Ernest T. Laudise, grandmother Brenda Lebegern, and many friends, cousins, aunts and uncles. Nicholas was predeceased by his grandmother Patricia Anne Laudise and grandfather William Samuel Lebegern, and his great grandmother Eileen Hines from Richland, MS.

Nicholas was a master in the kitchen. He worked in several restaurants in Florida as a line cook and bartender. He was a skilled and exceptional salesman and worked for several years with his Dad, Mike, at Grandview/Take a Break Travel in Las Vegas, NV.  Before that, he worked with his grandmother Brenda at a Polo Ralph Lauren store in Branson, Missouri.

Nicholas, who we all know as Nick, had an infectious laugh, a heart of gold and a love for his family and friends that will endure.  His will be remembered for the support he provided others, his discipline and his smile. He was a good listener, a good sport, and he loved playing baseball, golf and basketball. When he was ten, he became a black belt at Taikwondo. He also loved working out and being in shape.

He also enjoyed watching all types of sports with his friends and cousins. Nick loved being on the water. Whether in Mississippi, Minnesota, Hawaii, Florida, California or Mexico, he loved swimming, fishing and surfing. He was known as a very hard worker. He spent his last year in Nevada working as a line cook at the Humboldt Conservation Camp where he worked two shifts daily to feed inmates working on a fire crew.

From the time he was little he loved cooking, especially with his grandmothers, and he was very good at it, as those who have benefited will attest. Nick was looking forward to baking a cake with his daughter, Anala, and enjoying music made by his son, Elijah. He also looked forward to returning to the Improv working in the restaurant and giving a go at stand up.

He hoped to one day have his own food truck and restaurant, where he dreamed of working side by side with his kids, friends and family. 

Just hours after re-uniting with his children, Nick passed away, unexpectedly.  In his life and in his death, he has impacted so many. He will be sorely missed.

If you would like to make a donation in his honor, that will benefit his children; the family has set up a Go Fund Me page. Please click here for the link.

Nick’s family thanks you for your love and support during this difficult time.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted into the care of the Lakeside Funeral Home & Cremation Care Family, "Where Every Life is Cherished & Every Family is Treasured"


A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, March 1st, 2021, from 12:00 pm ~ 3:00 pm, at Lakeside Funeral Home & Cremation Care.

Kindly note that all attendees must wear a mask or other form of facial covering. Social distancing will be highly enforced.

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