Emil Bartolowits (1921 - 2017)

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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, Alaska.
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, Pa., 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 to 1946, as a Platoon Sergeant in the 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 were: "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.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Please visit or sign his online guestbook at AlaskanFuneral.com.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Sept. 6, 2017
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