Nick Charles Biersteker|
Nick Charles Biersteker, long time Peninsula resident, passed away peacefully at home on May 10, 2011. He was 67.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen Bennett Biersteker; daughters, Alicia Biersteker and Erin Biersteker; sister, Nancy Jane Burton; local nieces and nephews include Baba Sam, Joey and Kiriel Burton and Ariana Kesterson; Lauren Weaver; Michael and Tanya Bennett and Alaina Whiteman; John Kelly and Shayne Turner; Lawrence Bennett; Mark and Ryan Tinder and Brett Taylor. Additionally, he is survived by several brothers and sisters in law; Uncle Joe, Aunts Eileen, Fran, and Honey Biersteker, and numerous cousins in Wisconsin's Fox River Valley and the midwest.
Nick was preceded in death by infant brother, Charles; sister, Patricia Weaver; parents, Lt. Colonel Nicholas and Charlotte "Jane" (Hogg) Biersteker of Pebble Beach; and in laws Arch, Maurine and John Bennett and Andrew Davis.
A self described "Army brat", Nick lived on the Presidio of Monterey, marched in the Pacific Grove Butterfly Parade, grew up across the U.S. and Europe, graduated from Monterey Peninsula College and attended San Francisco State University. While living in San Francisco in the "summer of love", Alicia was born. After some time in the East Bay and El Granada, the family returned to the Central Coast, this time to the Big Sur back country where the family lived in a tipi at 3600 ft. Here Nick mastered the art of "one match" fires and was midwife to the birth of Erin, thrilled to catch her in his own hands, a profound experience. He and Kathleen chose to live in Pacific Grove, close to his parents.
Collectively, Nick worked at The Pebble Beach Lodge, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Cypress Point Club for 40 years. He was a member of Hotel and Restaurant Employee Union Local 483, American Legion Post 41, VFW 811, and was a loyal Packers fan.
A hard working man of honor and integrity, Nick kept his word and believed in the commitment of a handshake. He was a true, consistent, reliable friend to many. An avid reader, he stayed abreast of politics and world affairs. Nick was proud of his daughters and loved the company of and to dance with his wife. He enjoyed the salt air at Cypress Point, the sun on his skin, to raise his glass, and to play cards and pool. He loved music, the ocean, and the game of golf. He savored days skiing, canoeing, camping and hiking up the Big Sur River gorge. Ultimately he was a family man, happiest surrounded by family and friends.
Nick will be remembered for his quick wit, easy smile, generous heart, twinkling eyes and rascally spirit.
Sometime, when you are cruising along Hwy 1, hear a good joke, have a winning hand, sink a putt, notice a circling hawk, are stirred by music or are enjoying a cold beer, think of Nick, as he surely would enjoy it too.
A memorial and celebration of life will be held at 3:00 p.m, Sunday, June 5, 2011 at American Legion Post 41, 1098 Jefferson Street, Monterey, CA 93940. In lieu of flowers, give a smile and a hand to another and share your heart and bounty with others.
Published in The Monterey Herald on May 29, 2011