Cooper Landing resident Gerd Manzek died Sept. 24, 2007 at home with loved ones by his side, after a long battle with emphysema and cancer. He was 75.
A celebration of life open house will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 19434 Rusty's Way in Cooper Landing.
Mr. Manzek was born Jan. 4, 1932 in Ulrichshof, Germany, to Gunter and Herta (Steinhorst) Manzek. He escaped from East Germany following World War II and immigrated to the United States in 1954, at which time he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He lived in Massachusetts, Illinois and California before moving to Alaska in 1969. Prior to moving to Cooper Landing, he lived in Kenai, working as a plasterer throughout Alaska until his retirement.
Mr. Manzek was a quiet and gentle man, well known as an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hiking, hunting, fishing and reading. He was especially interested in bears and spent countless hours observing them in the wild. His family will always cherish the stories he told of his adventures and experiences in the woods. Although he never married, he was like a second father to his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Dieter, Gunter and Rainer Manzek, sister, Katy Dinkel, and sister-in-law Ingrid Manzek.
His survivors include sisters, Erica Bartelt and Freda Schollgen of Germany; nephew and wife, Rolf and Jackie Manzek of Kenai, nephew Pete Manzek of Soldotna; niece and husband, Ute and Joe Levesque of Eagle River; grandnephews Ryan and Ashton Manzek and Jay Levesque; and grandnieces Michelle and Brittany Manzek and Sarah Levesque; as well as many nieces and nephews in California and Germany; and former in-law Rhonda Soares of Kenai.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Cooper Landing Emergency Services, P.O. Box 510, Cooper Landing, AK 99572.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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