In Memory of




Obituary for Nicholas Richard Moga

Nicholas Richard Moga 1962-2023

Born to Richard and Dorothea (Hagle McGuire) Moga on November 25, 1962 in Northfield, Minnesota. Passed away August 14, 2023 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, following a short hospitalization.

Survived by his mother, Dorothea, sisters Mary (Phill Lindsay), Jean Dorland (Tony), and brother Tom (Lynn); nephews John Moga (Sara) and their children, Brian Moga, Eric Dorland (Anastasia Dulski), niece Hannah Grossman and her child; aunts Toni Bernard, Rose McGuire, Barbara McGuire, Margaret Hagle, Deanna Schotzko; uncle Bill Moga; and many loving cousins.

Preceded in death by his father, Richard, grandparents Raymond and Mary (Olchefske) Moga and Alice (Kaercher McGuire) Bernard, as well as uncles Dean Hagle, James Hagle, Charles McGuire, Michael McGuire, John Bernard, John Hennen, and aunts Judith (Suek) Hagle, Jo’an (Hagle) Hennen and Marly Moga.

Nick was a singularly elemental person. Nick did not speak, but vocalized all of his life, and communicated his needs, wants, dislikes, loves, and glee in his own inimitable way.

As a toddler, Nick loved dirt. He loved it so much that he ate it, and his pediatrician told mom, “a kid needs to eat a peck of dirt to be healthy!”. Somewhere there is a picture of Nick sitting in the dirt, looking up at the camera, smiling with dirt-encrusted lips.

He loved water, spending hours at the kitchen sink, watching the water pouring over his fingers. He loved lakes, and the motion of waves.

He loved air, catching the wind on his tounge when he was little, vocalizing ‘ah, ah, ah, no, no, no’ pushing his wagon down the neighbor’s hill. He loved flying with Dad in the Cessna, high in the air, free.

He loved fire, and especially campfires. He couldn’t go camping in his final years, and a wonderful way to remember him would be to go camping and think of him while you enjoy a big bonfire.

And Nick loved to move. We called it ‘swinging’, a whole-body sway from side-to-side, his head turning as gracefully as a ballet dancer’s. He would do this for hours, never getting dizzy.

Nick never spoke with any of us. He showed his love with his smiles.

Celebration of Life on Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, New Hope.

Memorials to charity of your choice, or one of the following:
Autism Society of MN (AUSM):
Young Eagles (Experimental Aircraft Association):
Minnesota Dental Foundation: