Peter's Creek resident Lige Wierzbicki, 78, died peacefully the evening of April
26, 1999, surrounded by his family.
A visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at
Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel, 11621 Old Seward Highway. A Memorial Mass will be at
Friday at Fort Richardson's Main Chapel. Directions will be available at the
gate. The Rev. Steven Scherrer will officiate.
After the service, Mr. Wierzbicki will be
buried with full military honors at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. A
reception will follow.
Mr. Wierzbicki was born Oct. 30, 1920, in
Bremond, Texas. He joined the military in 1941, starting in the Army Air Corps
before joining the Air Force after it was established. He served in the European
Theater during World War II. He served this country 30 years and was a retired
civil service employee. Among his medals was the World War II Victory Medal.
Mr. Wierzbicki and his family came to Alaska in
1959 with the military. He fell in love with Alaska and lived here since.
He belonged to the Anchorage and Chugiak senior
citizens centers, the Beekeepers Association and the National Rifle Association.
His family recalled: "Retirement was never a
retirement. Lige had many hobbies and interests that kept him busy from dawn to
There were beehives to tend, vegetable gardens
to weed, flowers to grow, woodworking projects waiting to be built and cards to
play with family and friends. Fishing and hunting were a priority. The rest
could wait when fish, bear and moose called his name. Even traveling was
arranged around the seasons.
"It has been said by many, known by all, that
if Lige had a pair of Vise-Grips and a come-along, he could move the world.
Nothing was too difficult to figure out or build.
"We are proud to call him husband, father,
grandpa and friend. He will be missed dearly and remembered often with a smile
on our lips, a tear in our eye and love in our hearts."
Mr. Wierzbicki is survived by his wife of 56
years, Ruth; his sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald Sr. and Anita, and Roland and
Peggy; grandchildren, Ronald Jr., Alexander and Anya; brothers and
sisters-in-law, John and Helen, Antoine, and Bruno and Helen; sisters and
brothers-in-law, Josie Bienski, Nora Onkonski, Pauline Mocek, Cecile and Ed
Filar; and many friends.
Memorial donations may be directed to Hospice
of Anchorage, 3305 Arctic Blvd., Suite 105, Anchorage 99503.
Source: Anchorage Daily News April 29,