Anthony C. (“Tony”) Biesiot


Anthony C. (“Tony”) Biesiot (96) of Pemberville, OH passed away December 11, 2022.

He was born August 26, 1926 in a log cabin near Graceton, MN, the fifth of six children born to Joseph H. and Marie A. (Gratiot) Biesiot. He graduated from Williams (MN) High School in 1944. Upon graduation Tony volunteered for the U.S. Army; he served in the American Theater and was discharged in 1946. Tony attended Amherst College in MA; Lafayette College in Easton, PA; and graduated from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN with a degree in Economics and Business Administration.

Tony married Rosemary Helen Lenz in 1949 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ellsworth, MN.

Tony spent 39 years in the seed corn business as a Marketing Director in the NW quadrant of the U.S. and Canada, retiring from the Cargill Inc. Seed Division in 1986.

After retirement, Tony and Rosemary moved from Bowling Green, OH to their lake home in Presque Isle, MI. They were part owners of The Portage Restaurant in Presque Isle and Tony was active in civic affairs including: member of the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce; member of the Rogers City (MI) Kiwanis Club; director of the Presque Isle Community Men’s Club; Chaplain in the Thunder Bay DAV chapter at Alpena, MI; director of the Presque Isle Harbor Wooden Boat Show; member of the Presque Isle Historical Society; Finance Director with Habitat for Humanity; active in the Sweetwater Michigan Trial Program; and he was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel.

Seeking a warmer climate, and a greater range of medical facilities, Tony and Rosemary relocated to Hattiesburg, MS in 1999. Tony continued civic activities there, including membership in the Hattiesburg Kiwanis Club. The couple moved to Liberty Center, Ohio in 2012, to be closer to more of their children and grandchildren.

Tony was predeceased by his wife Rosemary who died in 2018, his parents, his brother Joe Jr. who died in 2022 at age 101, and four siblings who died at or near birth: John, George, Eleanora, and Clement. He is survived by his sister-in-law Patricia N. Biesiot of Norwalk, CA; five daughters: Patricia M. Biesiot (Shiao Wang) of Long Beach, MS; Elizabeth Biesiot (John Storb) of Denver, CO; Rita Biesiot (Patty Winter) of Louisville, KY; Mary Donald (Raymond) of Liberty Center, OH; and Joanne Hayward of Luckey, OH; 10 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Peinert- Dunn Funeral Home, 7220 Dutch Rd. Waterville ,Ohio 43566. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (Providence), 14010 Old U.S. 24 Grand Rapids, OH 43522 with Father Walter Tuscano officiating. Interment will follow in Heath-Colton Cemetery in Liberty Center, OH. In lieu of floral tributes, the family requests donations be directed to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (Providence) in Grand Rapids, OH.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the nurses and staff of Otterbein Assisted Living in Pemberville for the tender love and care they showed to Tony.

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