Oct. 20, 1921 – Aug. 26, 2017
Emil Bartolowits, age 95, died at his home surrounded by his children, on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.
A celebration of Life Mass, followed by a reception, will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Ninilchik.
Emil was born on Oct. 20, 1921, in Weixelbaum, Austria ,and immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island at the age of 8. He grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he met the love of his life, Fran, and married her on June 29, 1946. Together they traveled to Clam Gulch, Alaska, and were one of the original homestead families in the Clam Gulch area.
Emil enjoyed making beer and wine, fishing, golfing, dancing and playing cards. In later life he loved processing meats and cooking for the family.
A true patriot, Emil served his country from 1940-1946 as a Platoon Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He fought in the South Pacific and was a Purple Heart recipient.
Emil was preceded in death by his son, Eric, and his wife, Fran.
He is survived by his daughter, Tessa, and son-in-law, Tony Wilson; son Paul and daughter-in-law, LaRae Bartolowits; son Rich Bartolowits; grandchildren, Allen Wilson and his wife Stephanie, Michael Wilson and his wife Angela, Jennifer, Ashley and her husband Garrett, Michelle, and Matthew Bartolowits; and great-granddaughter Niki Wilson.
Emil’s final words: “Everything is fine.”
In lieu of flowers, donations in Emil’s name may be made to Wounded Warriors at supportwwp.org or Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or to the Ninilchik Senior Center P.O. Box 39422 Ninilchik, AK 99639.