Clarence Giza


Anchorage resident Clarence Thomas Giza, 82, died Aug. 21, 2006, of natural causes at home.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Kehl's Forest Lawn Chapel. Grace and Glory Kuleskey will officiate. A second service will be held later at Angelus Memorial Park.

Mr. Giza was born Oct. 5, 1923, in Owatonna, Minn., to Walter and Anna Giza. He graduated from Owatonna High School in 1941. He was in the U.S. Army Signal Corps from 1943 to 1946 and was honorably discharged on May 10, 1946.

Mr. Giza worked for Alaska Telephone Utility as a PBX installer/repairman and for Gustav Hirsch on the White Alice Project. He retired in 1980 from ATU. After retirement, he and his wife, Ollie, spent summers at their cabin in Homer. The cabin had a panoramic view of the Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay.

He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, International Telephone Pioneers Association, IBEW Local 1547 and Pioneers of Alaska.

His family wrote: "Clarence enjoyed hunting, fishing, skiing, reading and self-study on many subjects, and he was very well-read.

"C.T. was a loving husband and father and proud grandpa. The U.S. Army originally brought him to Alaska when Alaska was still a territory. The scenic beauty plus the opportunity to hunt and fish are what kept him here long after his honorable discharge. In his later years, he enjoyed endless road trips by car and the family cabin in Homer."

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ollie Giza; daughter, Julianne Settlemyre; son-in-law, Pat Lovell; brother, Gene Giza; and grandson, Zachary Lovell, all of Anchorage.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Jerome Giza, and sister, Marie Natzel.

Mr. Giza's ashes will be buried at Angelus Memorial Park.