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Heinrich Wischnewsky Obituary
Heinrich "Henry" Wischnewsky

1933 - 2013 GREAT BARRINGTON Heinrich "Henry" Wischnewsky Passed away on January 4 at Fairview Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Great Barrington surrounded by his family.

Henry was born on Jan. 21, 1933, in Madrid, Spain. He resided in Spain with his parents, brother and sisters until the start of World War II, when he immigrated to Germany because of his father's German citizenship. As a youth he found his greatest glory as an amateur boxer. Eventually he was ranked number two in Germany in his weight class and became the first alternate to the Olympic Games in 1952.

In 1959 he immigrated to the United States with his pregnant wife who gave birth to their daughter Susanne just hours after arriving in New York Harbor. He found work as a waiter in restaurants in New York City. Within three years of arriving in this country he bought a house in East Meadow, N.Y. He took great pride in his home and was always improving and remodeling his property. Eventually he took those skills that were self-taught and started his own home improvement business. Henry (also nicknamed Gigi to his family and close friends) was a favorite of the neighborhood kids and always went out of his way to open his home to them. He continued his passion for boxing by coaching youths in the sport with The Police Athletic League on Long Island. He eventually sold his much loved home in East Meadow in 2004 and moved to Berkshire County to be closer to two of his daughters. His greatest joy in his life was becoming a grandfather. He insisted on being called "Opa" by everyone he met after the birth of his first grandchild.

Opa leaves his wife, Ilse (Schmidt), whom he married in 1955; his daughters, Susanne Wickham of Lenox and Carmen Hornburg of Berlin, Germany. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter, Sabina Dame, who passed away in 2010. He also leaves his much loved and adored grandchildren, Bryan Wolfer of Hicksville, NY, Kristen Dame of Lee, MA , Ali and Kayla Wickham of Lenox, MA and Leila Hornburg of Berlin, Germany. He is survived by his only remaining sibling, Carmen Savage of Whitehall, PA. He also leaves behind his many nieces and nephews throughout the U.S. and Germany.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Edith Boldt, Mercedes McCoy and Hans Wischnewsky.

FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours and the funeral will be private. The family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Fairview Commons for their loving care they provided for Henry during the past eight years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Lee Youth Association, Capitol Campaign, in care of KELLY'S FUNERAL HOME, 3 Main Street, Lee, MA 01238.If you would like to leave a message of condolence or share pictures or stories please visit our website at www.kellyfuneralhome.net.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 8, 2013
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