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Anthony John WitkowskiJuly 16, 1927 ~ April 12, 2017 (age 89)
Anthony John Witkowski 1927-2017
Anthony John Witkowski died peacefully on April 12, 2017. Tony was born on July 16, 1927 in Braddock, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest of the seven children born to Lucian and Wladyswawa “Lottie” Witkowski. His parents immigrated to America from Poland in the early 1900’s. Tony was proud of his Polish heritage and to be from Braddock. He loved Pittsburgh and visited as often as he could.
He joined the Marines towards the end of World War II. He served honorably and was discharged in 1948. He graduated from the University of New Mexico where he also played football. His 1952 Football Team was inducted into the UNM Athletic Hall of Honor in 1993. He began his career as a teacher and later became a principal. He continued his own education earning his Master’s Degree. He later worked for the Department of Defense in many different positions, on many different military installations around the world. Tony retired in 1991 after serving as the Civilian Personnel Officer at Dugway Proving Grounds
While serving as Principal at Lajes Field AFB in the Azores he met the love of his life, Gail. Tony and Gail were married in three different ceremonies (cause one wasn’t enough) on February 6, 1962; February 9, 1962 and March 3, 1962. They celebrated fifty years of marriage prior to Gail passing away in April, 2012. They loved to travel together and attend the symphony, opera and theater.
Tony spent many hours coaching and supporting his children in all of their academic and extracurricular activities. He was a proud booster of Heidelberg High School and Dugway High School. He coached hundreds of kids in football, basketball, softball and baseball. He loved westerns, trap and skeet shooting and was actively involved with Toastmasters.
Tony was a devout Catholic. He served in many capacities in the Knights of Columbus where he was a Fourth Degree Member.
Tony is survived by his five children: G. Kathleen Inlow (Matthew); A. John Witkowski (Lorri); Elizabeth A. Lindsley (James); Rebecca S. Witkowski; Alexander H. Witkowski (Pam); his twenty four grandchildren and five great grandchildren. He leaves behind many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at St. Marguerite’s Catholic Church, Tooele, Utah. A Vigil Service and Rosary will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Marguerite’s from 6 – 8 p.m. He will be buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Newton, Kansas at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Marguerite’s Knights of Columbus Council or the St. Marguerite’s Catholic School.