Peter Johann Wurzer

September 16, 1948 - June 16, 2023

Peter Johann Wurzer, 74, of Free Union, shed his earthly bonds on June 16, 2023 with his beloved wife by his side.
Peter, native to New Jersey, was born on September 16, 1948 to the late Andreas and Anna Maria Wurzer.

Peter leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of 50 years, Sue; his much-loved children, Kathryn, Andrew, and Margaret; his grandchildren, Max and Autumn; his brother Herb; his brother- and sisters-in-law David, Joanne, Ariella, and Kim; his cousin Carl; and his many treasured friends.

Peter worked 33 years in sales and management. He was a volunteer fireman in NJ where he was born and raised. He retired early to Free Union to build his dream home with Sue and then spent many happy years as a volunteer and advocate for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and seven years on the Albemarle County Electoral Board.

Peter was earnest, straightforward, and principled. He believed in freedom and that responsibility is freedom’s necessary corollary. He was pragmatic, believing we achieve desired ends through concrete action. One of his favorite phrases (often deployed with his children to their chagrin) was “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” He delighted in sharing his knowledge and wisdom. He was always ready to help someone in need. Though often self-effacing, he laughed easily and used humor in many of his interactions with people. He was creative and artistic – labels he would deny, despite crafting over two dozen Windsor chairs and nearly every piece of cabinetry and many gorgeous pieces of furniture in the house. He was by turns loving, generous, stern, consistent, loyal, sentimental, responsible, funny, and always grateful for his many friendships, just as we are all grateful that he touched our lives.

To abide by Peter’s wishes there will be no formal services at this time, but his family will have a celebration of his life at a future date.

Should you wish to send flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation to Habitat for Humanity instead.