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Lige Wierzbicki

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 11 a.m.
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 dusk.

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, 1999



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