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Funeral services for Ervine Ignatius Woerz of Cullman will by Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Abbot Cletus Meagher O.S.B. and Fr. Patrick Egan O.S. B officiating with interment at the Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
Moss Service Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Woerz passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012. He was born at home, in Cullman on August 14, 1914.
Survived by sister Marie Woerz Hollaway; daughters Priscilla Woerz, Cecilia Hite, Judy Plunkett (Jimmy), Jennifer Woerz and Frances Wolff (Joe); grandchildren Tonia Gerhard (Eli), Jessica Hite (Ricky McDonald) and Paul McCrary; great-grandchildren Jordan and Abigail; nephew Ralph Basch (Melody); niece Nancy Basch Harrison; a host of great nephews; a great grand nephew and three great grand nieces. Through his death his legacy lives on in each and every one of us.
Mr. Woerz served in the Army Air Corp during WWII and he spoke highly of his service to his country. He served from August 15, 1941 until his discharge of January 28, 1946. During that time he was assigned to Ft. McClellan, Ala. where he transferred to Infantry Basic Training at 83rd School Sq. Maxwell Field, Ala. He was assigned to Moody Field, Ga. on July 1, 1942 and later transferred to the main field in Valdosta, Ga. where he supervised the duties of ten other men. On December 16, 1944 he was involved in the “Battle of the Bulge” with the 106th infantry division called “The Golden Eagles” this division was a very Green group of young soldiers defending the European Theater. The Courage of the American soldiers was greatly tested against adversity, he was assigned to European Theater Foreign Service until January 6, 1946. He served in the European Theater when the Japanese made the decision to accept the unconditional surrender on August 14, 1945. World War II had officially ended that morning at 10:30 a.m. The ending of the war was the biggest celebration for the world that year, on that day Mr. Woerz also celebrated his 31st birthday thousands of miles away from his family, friends, and home in Cullman, Ala. On January 6, 1946 he transferred back to 592d Field Artillery Battalion at Ft McPherson, Ga., after serving in the European Theater Service. He received an Honorable Discharge at the Separation Center at Fort McPherson, Ga. on January 28, 1946. He achieved the rank of Sergeant after only 4 months of service and received a World War II Victory Medal, an American Defense Service Metal, an American Service Medal , a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Metal AR 600 68.
Prior to serving in WWII he worked at St. Bernard College, St Bernard, in Cullman. At that time the Abbott told him there would be a job for him if he wanted it after the war was over. Mr. Woerz took them up on that offer which spanned eight decades of dedication. Throughout his career at St. Bernard he worked among a many number of Monks, Brothers, Priests, and Abbotts. He often spoke of Brother Joseph Zoettl the constructor of Ave Maria Grotto, St. Bernard in Cullman. He recollected on how difficult it was to get concrete for the construction of the Grotto during World War II from 1939 until the war ended in 1945. He spoke of how mules, horses, and wagons were used to bring in the supplies for the construction and to move stones around in the area where the Grotto is located.
On Sunday, March 10, 1996 an article was published in The Cullman Times about his 70 years of service to St. Bernard’s School. When asked about his favorite memory he replied, “There are so many wonderful memories, how do you pick just one.” In celebrating his life we looked back and tried to think, “Was there one memory that stands out before all others?” As we thought about it, we have so many and as he said, how do you pick just one?
In lieu of flowers please make any monetary donations to Sacred Heart Church, Cullman, Ala. or St. Bernard Abbey, Cullman, Ala.
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