Alexander John Wizbicki
Alexander John Wizbicki
Alexander John Wizbicki, 97, longtime resident of Superior, WI, died Monday, December 3, 2018, at Twin Ports Health Services in Superior.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York October 6, 1921, the son of John and Clementine (Jablonski) Wizbicki.
He married Mary Veronica Klewiecon May 29, 1948 and they celebrated 56 years of marriage before her passing in 2004.
Alex graduated from Boys High School in Brooklyn, NY where he was the New York City Football Scoring champion his senior year. During his senior year at Boy's High, Alex was recruited by Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Dartmouth, Holy Cross and Notre Dame to play football. He chose Holy Cross which allowed him to be closer to Brooklyn.
After his freshman year in 1941 at Holy Cross, World War II broke out and Alex joined the United States Marine Corp serving his country from 1942 through 1946. He was honored for his service as a recipient of The Bronze Star for bravery while serving on Okinawa and reached the rank of Sergeant.
When he returned from the South Pacific, he went on to earn his degree in Education from Dartmouth and Holy Cross. Alex went on to play professional football four years, three with the Buffalo Bills of the All American Conference and in 1950 played for his beloved Green Bay Packers. At the time of his death, Alex was the oldest surviving member of the Green Bay Packers in the world.
After the 1950 season, Al retired from football and began working for Schenley then Seagram's and later for East Side Winery of Lodi, CA as Midwest Sales Manager. In 1958, after living in Brooklyn for 8 years, Al, Mary and their daughter Gloria moved to Shorewood, WI. In 1982, Gloria married and started a family in Superior. Al retired from the wine business in the mid 1980's, and then he and Mary moved to Superior in 1989 to be a part of their grandchildren's formative years. Alex brought his wine expertise to Keyport Liquor where he worked for his friend, Mark Casper, for many years until his retirement at the age of 90. He also shared his time volunteering for the Bong Memorial Center in Superior where he loved talking to people about the mission of the Center as well as his professional football career. He especially loved talking to young people.
He was a member of Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church in Superior and is survived by his loving daughter, Gloria (Don) Leighton, Superior, WI; granddaughter, Alexa (Ben) Johnson. Bloomington, MN; grandson, Christopher (Michelle McLean) Leighton, Eden Prairie, MN; great-grandson, Declan Johnson; and several nieces and nephews who loved Uncle Al.
He is preceded in death by his parents, beloved wife, Mary, and brothers, John, Felix, Raymond and Edward.
Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM, Monday, December 17, 2018 at Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church, 1111 Belknap Street, Superior, and will continue until the 11:00 AM Memorial Mass of Christian Burial with Rev. Fr. Andrew Ricci as celebrant.
Pallbearers for the service will be Mark Casper, Pat Flynn, Tom Hansen, Dennis Battuello, Julie Johnson, Rick Fruehauf, Cliff Hughes, and John Vaski.
The family would like thank Twin Ports Health Services in Superior for the incredible care Alex received during the last four years of his life. Also, if you are planning to attend the services for Al, wearing Packer clothing is acceptable to honor this great man and his "Wonderful Life!"
Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made in Alex's name to two of his favorite places, Cathedral of Christ the King, 1410 Baxter St., Superior, WI 54880, and the Bong World War II Heritage Center, 305 Harborview Parkway, Superior, WI 54880.
The Lenroot-Maetzold Funeral Home, 1209 E. 5th Street, Superior, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a condolence or sign the guestbook, please visit our website at www.lenroot-maetzold.com.