A memorial service and celebration of life for Andre Wiktor will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church in Round Hill, Nev. Andre died Aug. 5, 2006, at Barton Memorial Hospital from a lung infection. He was 54.
Andre was born Oct. 1, 1951, in Debica, Poland. He came to the United States as a young man in the late 1970’s. He loved his native Poland and always missed his family and friends there, traveling back to see them as often as he could. But he also loved the freedoms he found in the United States, and was extremely proud of the day he became a U.S. citizen.
Andre worked in a variety of fields, as a mechanical draftsman and engineer, slot technician and cabinet maker. For the last seven years he worked as a field assistant with the Clean Tahoe Program. He was a familiar and well-liked ambassador of the program and the protection of Lake Tahoe’s environment. He was frequently recognized as he traveled throughout the city and county, and his ready smile made him many friends along the way.
Andre loved the outdoors and spent much of his free time exploring the trails that surround Lake Tahoe. He was an avid hiker, cyclist and photographer, who enjoyed spending quiet evenings under the backcountry skies and sharing the beauty with others in the pictures that he took. Andre liked working with his hands, repairing and rebuilding just about anything – especially his favorite project, a classic Volkswagen bus. Andre had a great love of animals, a genuine passion for reading and a constant curiosity to learn new things.
All of Andre’s surviving relatives still live in and around Debica, Poland, including his cousins Irena and Maria Wiktor and their families. Andre’s mother, Elzbieta Wiktor, died shortly after Andre, on August 18, 2006. Services for Andre, and for his mother, will also be held in Poland.
In recognition of Andre’s life, donations in his name to a favorite charity or nonprofit environmental organization of your choice would be welcomed.