Peter I. Wizes

May 7, 1933 - July 21, 2022
Peter I. Wizes

Peter I. Wizes, 89, of Hendersonville, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on July 21, 2022. He was the son of the late Peter I. Wizes and Viola Swenson.

Peter will always be remembered as a dedicated husband and provider for his family. His caring spirit transcended family life into his work as a high school mathematics teacher for the Gloversville School District, which he humbly pursued for 28 years.

Earlier in life, Peter proudly served his country as an Air Force Sergeant and manager of the supply department for all of Europe as well as served as a decoder. He went on to earn his Bachelors and two Masters degrees, becoming a lifelong learner and educator. Peter was a member of Mills River Presbyterian Church in Mills River, NC.

During his retirement, Peter enjoyed finding a good deal at a garage sale, hunting and fishing, cooking, and gardening. At one time, he grew and cared for over 60 fruit trees.

Peter is survived by his adoring wife of 40 years, Annette Wizes; his daughters: Cherie Tindell (Randall), Athena Simendinger, and Rachel Blair (Anthony); his sons: Peter D. Wizes (Joanie), and Adrian Wizes; his grandchildren: Christopher Tindell, Alexandria Wizes, Sean Tindell, Katrina Simendinger, Sophia Blair, Avaleigh Blair, Elias Blair, Liam Blair, Jonas Blair, and Benedict Blair; his great-grandchildren: Kaden Tindell, Ryleigh Tindell, and Jace Tindell; his sisters: Patricia Moore (Tom), Meriona Henshaw (Carl), and Deborah Conklin; his brother, Ladd Swenson; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends.

In addition to his parents, Peter is predeceased by his daughter, Laura Hawke; his sister, Robin; and his brother, Johnny.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 24th at 3:00pm at Mills River Presbyterian Church with Rev. Megan McMillan officiating. A committal service will follow at the Mills River Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the committal in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Hendersonville Rescue Mission by mail at 639 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC 28793 or online at


Sunday, July 24, 2022
3:00 PM

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Mills River, NC 28759

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  • July 24, 2022
    Debra Jo Conklin says:
    You will be missed big brother. Prayers to Annette and your kids for comfort.

  • July 24, 2022
    Sherrie & Garry says:
    Peter was truly a great friend..We will miss him dearly..Thoughts and prayers go to you Annette and the family..He finally made it Home.....

  • July 25, 2022
    Bonita McMorris says:
    Annette, You and the family are in my prayers. Peter will be missed greatly. Blessings! xoxo

  • July 26, 2022
    Dan Rodahan says:
    I first met Peter Wizes on New Years eve 1981, I know this as it was also the nite that I met my late wife. I had seen him at different events socially, but we never had a chance to really talk. I could clearly see that he was smitten by Annette. Anita and I were at their wedding. He as a solid guy, she needed that. She brought energy, fun and a sense of excitement he needed that. They were soulmates. Soldier,student, teacher, cook, business man, Garage sale affectionato, brother, husband and dad. Family man. Family was I think was the most important to him.We were at their house for dinner, I was sitting near the kitchen door when the youngest daughter was asking her mom for something, Mom said "No" not till after dinner. She then came into the living room, slipped into Pete's lap and with the cutest smile said Dad...Pete was trying to keep a from smiling..but she got what she wanted. Family man was what he most valued. There is one other thing he was. Friend. He was a friend to me all these years. He helped me, taught me a lot, we got into trouble with our wives together. Good times! Thank you, sleep well my friend, and when you see someone we know, tell her I will be along in a bit.

  • July 26, 2022
    Debbie Banther says:
    Annette, I am so sorry to hear about Peter. May God be with you during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Let me know if I can do anything for you.