Lee J. Ligenza, 71, Stevens Point, a manager of several local restaurants, died unexpectedly Monday, March 21, 2016, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, March 28, beginning with a Moose ritual followed by a brief service and ending with full military honors at Shuda Funeral Chapel in Stevens Point. Burial will be at a later date at the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King.
Visitation will be at the funeral chapel from 3 p.m. Monday until the services.
Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mr. Ligenza was born June 12, 1944, in Chicago, Ill., a son
of the late Bruno J. Ligenza and Martha (Peskie) Ligenza-Stoltz. The family moved
from Chicago to Stevens Point, where he attended school. He graduated from P.J.
Jacobs High School in 1962.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1962. While in the corps he
was assigned to Vietnam, where he was wounded. From Vietnam he was sent to military
hospitals in Okinawa and Hawaii. From there he was then transferred to
California, then the Great Lakes Naval Station where he ran the brig laundry.
Then he was transferred to Camp Pendleton to serve as a military policeman
where he had his own section of men who patrolled in Oceanside.
After discharge, he returned to Stevens Point where he
managed Bill’s Pizza and later partnered with the late Bill Podoll for several
years. The rest of his time was spent managing other restaurants, including The
Restaurant at Sentry Headquarters and Happy Joe’s.
He was married to Kathleen “Katie” Kime July 20, 1966, at
Camp Pendleton, Calif.
After their discharges from military service, they moved to
Stevens Point, where they have lived for the last 50 years.
He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose since 1982, and
he helped at several functions. He served in many different positions while in
the Moose. He served as Governor and was District President. He was the state
bowling chairman for five years. He obtained the highest degree for the Moose,
the Pilgrim Degree of Merit.
He spent time in Minocqua for the last 40 years.
Survivors include his wife; one son, John D. (fiancé
Crystal) Ligenza, Stevens Point; one daughter, Linda L. (Jack) Ligenza Firkus,
Stevens Point; two sisters, Mary Lou (Ligenza) (Fred) Jaworski and Nancy
(Stoltz) (Larry) Zywicki, both of Stevens Point; two brothers, Robert (Rosalia)
Stoltz and Maurice (Rose) Stoltz, Stevens Point; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
He was also preceded in death by his stepfather, Edward
Stoltz; and one brother Jerry Stoltz.