Sunday, April 28, 2013

Marvin J. Wirtz

Marvin J. Wirtz, age 89, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Harmony Commons.  Marvin was born in Vesper, WI, on November 16, 1923, son of the late John and Katherine (Nee:  Marach) Wirtz.

During World War II he served in the United States Army stationed in the European Theatre.  On August 26, 1952, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Adeline J. Simanek.  He retired as Vice President at G & H Products Inc in 1986.  After retirement Marvin founded Specialty Stainless Company where he continued to work until he was 86.  He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus.  A huge Packer fan, Marvin also enjoyed golfing and gardening, and he was an avid walleye fisherman.  More than anything, he cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty years, Adeline; his children, Sharon Wirtz of Phoenix, AZ, Patricia Fohr, John (Sheri) Wirtz, all of Racine; five grandchildren, Joshua (Jackie) Fohr, Christopher (Gerri) Wirtz, Kimberly Wirtz, Sarah (Jamie) McCluskey, Erik Wirtz; eight great-grandchildren, Adam and Gracie Fohr, Colin and Mason Wirtz, Gabi and KJ Wirtz, Gavin McCluskey, and one on the way; brothers and sister, Daniel (Bernie) Wirtz, Howard (Faith) Wirtz, Robert (Lorris) Wirtz, Earl (Kathy) Wirtz, Lorraine (Clarence) Ling; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mildred Nelson, Dolores (Joe) Bauer, Ralph (Jan) Simanek, Patricia Wirtz, Shelly Wirtz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Norman and Kenneth.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3100 95th St., Sturtevant, on Thursday, May 2, 2013, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Ron Gramza officiating, assisted by Deacon Howard Wirtz.  Interment with Full Military Honors will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of Mass at 6 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church or St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Dr. Howard Short, Carmen “Little Tootsie,” Kathy, 2nd shift nurses at Harmony, and Seasons Hospice nurses Jen and Jennifer for their loving and compassionate care.

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