Mar 30, 1933 - Sep 17, 2016
Ferdinand (Fritz) Bier, Longtime Resident of Sacramento, California passed away on September 17, 2016 at the age of 83. He leaves behind his wife of 61 years Wilma Jean, daughter Jeanne Kurttila, son-in-law Dan Kurttila and his granddaughter Jaclyn Kurttila. His son Jeffrey Anton proceeded him in death.
His parents Anton and Barbara were born in Hungary and immigrated to America. He was born March 30, 1933 in Glen Ullen, North Dakota the youngest of nine children. His family moved to Sacramento when he was 3 years of age. He attended school at Saint Patrick’s Junior High and McClatchy High School.
In 1955 he joined the United States Navy, serving in China and throughout the Pacific on the USS Herbert J. Thomas. After his honorable discharge he returned to Sacramento and began his civilian life. He and Wilma had two children Jeanne and Jeffrey (Jeff). To provide for his family he became a finish carpenter working for large commercial contractors. He enjoyed his trade for 30 years.
Some of his favorite activities were hunting big game, upland game birds, and water fowl. He was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed making and repairing fishing rods for many friends and family. His father taught him how to graft trees and grow all types of fruit and vegetables. He loved to play pinochle and poker with friends and family. He and Wilma spent many years at Dillon’s Beach during retirement enjoying, fishing, claiming, and crabbing with friends and family.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a man who deeply valued his many friends, with some relationships spanning more then 70 years. He was loved and admired by his large extended family.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday September 26, 2016 at Saint Rose Catholic Church located at 5961 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento 95824. Following the mass there will be graveside services at Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery located on 65th Street. Reception will be held at the Bier family home. Flowers and condolences may be sent to Andrew & Greillich East Lawn Mortuary, 3939 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, CA 95820.
Please join us in the celebration of his life.
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road