Wizner, Leo Peter (Whiz), Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away April 2, 2010 at Hoyt Nursing and Rehab Centre. Age 88 years. Son of the late Casimir and Anna (Adamski) Wiznerowicz, Leo was born on April 22, 1921 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Helen Skimbirowski, his loving wife of 58 years, on September 29, 1951 at St. George Catholic Church. She survives him. Leo graduated from St. Andrews High School in 1940 and attended Arthur Trade School. Leo enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, 1940 boot camp in Parris Island, South Carolina. He was transferred to Quantico, Virginia as an instructor on the rifle and pistol range for the FBI cadets. He was a Gunnery Sergeant for the Women Marines at Camp Lejeune, South Carolina. He served at Norfolk, Virginia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Camp Pendelton, California; Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and Okinawa. Leo was in the 1st, 2nd and 6th Marine Divisions in the Pacific Theater. In 1945 he spent time in the Shantung Tsingtao Peninsula stationed in TakuTsingtao and Tienshan, China during the disarmament of Japanese Troops. Leo was honorably discharged in July 1947. He proudly displayed Marine Corps ribbons and medals and annually celebrated the November U.S.M.C. birthday. Leo was a life member of V.F.W. Post. #1859 and he belonged to American Legion Post #22 and American Legion Post #439 for 47 years. Leo was a parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for over 50 years. Leo was a life member of the China Marines Organization. He was an outstanding Bingo caller; with his favorite number was 66. He was a member of St. Josaphat and St. George Senior Citizens. He retired from Saginaw Steering Gear and was a security guard and sergeant in the plant protection for 30 years. He was a member of UAW #699 and Area 5. Leo’s philosophy was that life is short and he tried to live each day to the fullest by helping relatives, neighbors and friends. He tried to put a smile on their faces and bring happiness into their lives. Surviving besides his wife Helen are two daughters and one son, Nancy Wizner, Brookings, Oregon; Sheila Wizner, Carrollton; David Wizner, Saginaw; two grandchildren, Tyler and Samantha Wizner; numerous nieces and nephews. Leo was predeceased by eight sisters and five brothers, Mary, Ann, Rose, Teresa, Victoria, Isabelle, Helen, Fanny, Joseph, Sylvester, George, Walter and Frank. Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. Randy Kelly will officiate. Burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #439. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Tuesday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. A Vigil Service will take place 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to American Legion Post #439, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, Hoyt Nursing Home or Visiting Nurses Association. Semper Fi