Reclaiming His Interrupted Life
Felix, in the words of Alex Kershaw in The Longest Winter (Da Capo Press, 2004, page 257), reclaimed his interrupted life.

The only picture we found of Felix on the job. Crouch Brothers manipulated Felix and the other drivers into loading corporate items onto trucks then defaulted on pay and went into bankruptcy. Because of such instability in the trucking industry, Felix's union, Local 705 of the Teamsters, had taken control of the drivers' pensions. That guaranteed that not only did Felix receive his pension for the 24 years he lived after retirement but also his widow, Anne, continues to receive payments from his pension.

After discharge, Felix returned home to a Polish neighborhood on the near northwest side of Chicago.

He tried a number of jobs including sales. He returned to the job he had done the most and knew best, truck driving.

When Mom and Dad went for their marriage license blood test, Dad asked the doctor if all the shots he had in the Army would prevent him from having children. The doctor said not to worry, time would tell.

Source: Phone conversation with Mom, February 13, 2004.

Felix and Anne Lovetere married on June 14, 1947. Between 1948 and 1955, they had three sons and one daughter. As their anniversary was on Flag Day, we joked that the flags were out in celebration of their marriage.

In 1980 at 62, Felix retired.
Mom and Dad
~1980: Post-retirement, Felix grew a beard. In his home.  Right: wife, Anne Marie (Lovetere) Cizewski
Dad & Aaron
~1990: Felix and his grandson Aaron Cizewski-Robinson. Felix and Aaron died on the same day, July 30, 2004 a few hours apart. Aaron died of a drug overdose at 19. Neither knew of the other's death.
April, 2004: Felix's 86th birthday celebration with Anne, three months before he died.

Felix died on July 30, 2004 in his own bed in his own home.

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