Ferdinand Bier

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.

Funeral Home:
Andrews & Greilich Mortuary
3939 Fruitridge Road
Sacramento, CA
US 95820


  • Alvin and Dee Stults says:

    Fritz had a large extended family as well as his own family. All of us at Cliffs Marina will miss him very much . he was as much a part of this Marina as the owners .He knew Alvin for about 60 years and Bob for many years as well . He was like a father to Alvin.He was a true sportsman and animal lover . All of us here loved him and his wife Wilma and their family. our lives won’t be the same without him , great man and great friend , he is already very missed .Rest in peace dear friend .

  • Julie Moon says:

    My heart is broken over the passing of my “Uncle” Fritz. I will cherish my countless childhood memories of time spent with him and aunt Wilma, Aunt Nita and Uncle Ron, the best bowling, camping and poker playing friends of my parents that there ever was. They came to every major event in my life and he will be dearly missed.

  • Sheri Spradley says:

    I will always remember Fritz as a kind and loving person. He always treated me with kindness and respect. I have very dear memories of spending time with the Bier family on camping trips, holidays and just being together. Fritz, along with Jeff, will always have a very special place in my heart.

  • Robert green and Family says:

    God speed ” FRITZ ” love and prayers from us GREEN’S

  • Mark and Debra Drewes says:

    We will miss you Uncle Fritz. Remember playing at your house with Jeanne and Jeff. I do miss Jeff very much. We lost you to soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless each and everyone of you.

  • Dick Baland says:

    Jeanne and Family-So sorry to read of your father’s death. It was a long time ago and a very different time in my life when I met him and Wilma. I have good memories of the time we shared. May he rest peacefully with the Lord.

  • Andre Macias says:

    I will miss a good buddy and miss a friend at the barber shop, so sorry for your loss

  • Tina (Bier) and Hugh Ferguson says:

    Uncle Fritz, we will miss you and all of your amazing Fishing stories. You had an amazing life with Aunt Wilma. Jeannie and Dan gave you a beautiful granddaughter you were able to enjoy and watch grow up to be an amazing young woman. I wish I could be a fly on a wall in heaven because I know there is going to be an amazing get together with all the family and friends you will be reunited with. RIP Uncle Fritz we love you and will miss you.

  • Alica Norvell says:

    Jeanne, So very sorry to hear of your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • Delta Walden, Meg Glashan & Mona Feirl says:

    We remember Fritz being at the Marina in the morning for coffee and brighten up the day with the latest news and heading out to fish. The fish register has many, many entries of his catch of the day. Mona has kept that register. He was always helping with projects or checking out projects that were going on, so us girls had a pet name for him ” Inspector Gadget”. He and our dad went on fishing trips together. Our parents, Al and Hazel were also married 61 years. We send our most heartfelt sympathies to the family and will always remember him.

  • Jen von Savoye (Phillips) says:

    Jeanne and family…Uncle Fritz will truly be missed! I will always cherish my childhood memories at Dillon beach with my grandparents and Uncle and Aunt Wilma. I remember both of them coming to all my childhood birthdays and accomplishments. He was an outstanding loving man. He was such a whipper snapper with a sparkle in his eye. I never saw him without a smile. My love to you all. I will always remember the good times!

  • Eddie Sasaki says:

    Jeanne, Dan & Jackie: I want to offer my condolences on the passing of your dad & grandpa. Although I never met the man, I wish I knew of the mass/services sooner and I would have made an effort to be there for you. I wish you the best of life and hope you are doing okay!

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