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Nev., where he owned businesses in
real estate, insurance and financial
planning, as well as a long-running
H&R Block franchise.
Mr. Wirtz was deeply involved in
community affairs in Boulder City and
the Las Vegas metro region. He
helped with the establishment of the
Southern Nevada Veteran Memorial
Cemetery and the Nevada State Vet-
eran Home in Boulder City. A sup-
porter of the University of Nevada,
Las Vegas, he set up and endowed the
Walter Nowak Prize in chemistry, an
annual scholarship for aspiring chem-
istry students.
Mr Wirtz was a member of the St.
Andrew Catholic Community, the
Knights of Columbus, the Reserve Of-
ficers’ Association, AFSA, the Boulder
City Museum and Historical Associa-
tion and the Searchlight Museum
Guild. He was treasurer of the U.S.-
China Peoples Friendship Association.
He financially supported Catholic mis-
sions in Botswana, Thailand and Mon-
golia, visiting several of them.
Mr. Wirtz is survived by his wife of
44 years, Rosalie, of Boulder City; a
daughter, Rosette McClave and son-
in-law Scott McClave of Huntington
Beach, Calif.; a son, Patrick of Boul-
der City; and four grandchildren,
Katie, Andrew, Piper, and Jack.
There is a Web memorial for Mr.
Wirtz at
Robert J. Wozniak Sr.
, 76, a re-
tired FSO with the U.S. Information
Agency, died on Nov. 13, 2011, at Sib-
ley Memorial Hospital in Washington,
D.C., due to complications related to
his treatment for cancer.
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich.,
Mr. Wozniak served in the Navy in the
early 1950s and graduated from the
University of Chicago in 1960 on the
G.I. Bill. After college, he worked as
a reporter for the Grand Rapids Press,
the Associated Press Detroit Bureau
and the
Kalamazoo Gazette
Mr. Wozniak joined the United
States Information Agency in 1963.
During a three-decade Foreign Serv-
ice career, he principally performed
public information and cultural rela-
tions duties in Greece, Cyprus, Syria,
Morocco and at NATO headquarters
in Brussels. He held a senior man-
agement position at Voice of America
immediately prior to his retirement in
1996, and then served as distinguished
diplomat-in-residence at American
University’s Center for Global Peace
for several years.
A longstanding interest in antiqui-
ties led Mr. Wozniak to serve on the
Board of Trustees of the Cyprus
American Archeology Research Insti-
tute during retirement. From 1999 to
2007, he served as chairman of the
AFSA Elections Committee.
Mr. Wozniak’s first marriage, to
Kathryn Gilbert, ended in divorce.
He is survived by his wife of 32
years, Farida El Samman Wozniak of
Washington, D.C.; two children from
his first marriage, daughter Lisa (and
her husband, Kenneth Simon) of Yp-
silanti, Mich., and son Robert Jr. (and
his wife, Camille Bowman) of Oak
Park, Ill; two children from his second
marriage, son Farid and daughter
Leila, both of Washington, D.C.;
brothers Donald (and his wife, Diane)
of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Richard
(and his wife, Michele) of Oak Park,
Ill.; and grandchildren Zach and Ben
Simon and Lily and Ryan Wozniak.
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