Longtime Kenai resident Mr. Timothy John Wisniewski, 72, died Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at home with his family by his side.
A memorial Mass will be held Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 2pm in Our Lady of The Angels Catholic Church, 225 S Spruce St, Kenai. Father Patrick Brosamer will be officiating. A Celebration of Tim’s life will be at 4pm in the Peninsula Memorial Chapel, 5839 Kenai Spur Hwy, Kenai, serving Pizza and Lemon Bars which Tim specifically requested.
A slideshow will be shown as well as a time for people to share stories or memories about Tim.
If you are not able to attend the service, please send the family a short story or memory of Tim to the funeral home, 5839 Kenai Spur Hwy, Kenai, AK 99611.
Tim was born November 28, 1949, in Toledo, OH to Irv and Gert Wisniewski. He was the 2nd oldest of 9 children. He grew up working with his siblings at Lewis Potato Chip factory which his parents owned. He attended St. Pius X Elementary and graduated from Central Catholic High School in Toledo. He furthered his education by graduating from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, becoming a licensed embalmer and funeral director. Tim was a third generation funeral director, following in the footsteps of his mother and grandfather. In their early teens, Tim and his brother Tom worked for their grandfather at Urbanski Funeral Home. It became clear that Tim had a different vision and dreamed of starting his own funeral home. Tim’s desire for a fresh start led to him apply for jobs all over the state of Alaska. In 1976 Tim and his brother Tom drove a 1966 Cadillac Hearse (which he still uses today) from Toledo to Kenai to embark on what would be his greatest adventure yet. After working for the local mortuary in Kenai, Tim opened his own funeral home, Peninsula Memorial Chapel in 1978. After several years of operating his funeral home in Old Town Kenai Tim built the funeral home on Kenai Spur Hwy that is still in operation today. Along with running his funeral home he started Tim’s Janitorial. He met his wife, Terri Dillingham in 1980 and they married a year later at Our Lady of The Angels Catholic Church. In 1982 their first child Lacey was born, soon after came Grant, Hailey, and Justin. Tim wanting to better serve the people of Alaska, eventually opened funeral homes in Homer, Seward, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Palmer. In addition to his professional career, Tim was deeply dedicated to serving the community of Kenai which was evident through his many organization memberships and awards.
In his leisure time he loved golfing, playing trumpet, collecting classic cars and spending time with his family and friends at his family cabin. He loved entertaining; often he would be at the head of the dinner table cracking jokes to a captive audience. Tim will be remembered for his steadfast commitment to his faith and a generous servant to his community.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Ellen and brothers, Christopher and Tom.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Terri of Kenai; daughters Lacey (Zack) Rininger and their kids Elliet, Henry, Sage and Eero of Kenai; Hailey (Cody) Hyce and their kids Jackson, Holland and Piper of Wasilla; Sons Grant (Amanda) Wisniewski and their kids Grayson, Emma, Hayden, Oliver, Penner and Oaklin of Kenai and Justin (Alyssa) Wisniewski and their kids Arlo and Otis of OR; brothers, Ned (Ellen) Wisniewski and their kids Max and Mitchell; Phil (Nicole) Wisniewski and their kids Spencer, Olivia and Elliott; sisters Carol Wisniewski, Jane Hearons and her kids RJ and Jack, June (Steve) Obertacz and their kids Jaimie (Matt) Pavley and Ben Obertacz; sister in-law Karen Wisniewski and her kids Kristy Hayes, Nicole Pickett, Dana Retana and Alex Wisniewski.
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