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John (Jack) Wirtz Obituary
Wirtz, John Henry "Jack" 1934-2013; Jack Wirtz, 78, of Ottawa, died Tuesday night, March 12, 2013, at his home. Memorial Mass was held Monday, March 18, at St. Columba Church in Ottawa, with Rev. David Kipfer, Pastor, officiating. Visitation was held prior at the church. Burial was at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Arrangements are through Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa. Jack was born on August 20, 1934, in Chicago, to Anthony J. and Alida (Freund) Wirtz. He grew up in McHenry and attended McHenry High School and earned the Eagle Scout Badge. He received a Masters degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana. He served in the United States Army where he played in the United States Army Band in Fort Chaffe, Arkansas for two years. He married Catherine Mary Freund on June 20, 1956, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg. He taught Orchestra at Springfield, IL schools for two years and Elgin High School for eleven years including one European Concert tour. From 1971-1989 he taught at Oak Park-River Forest High School as Department Head and Orchestra Director. The orchestra performed in eight European Concert Tours. He was a member of St. Columba Catholic Roman Catholic Church in Ottawa. He had been a member, and past-secretary of the Ottawa Noon Rotary Club. He is survived by his wife, Catherine of Ottawa; four children, Raymond J. (Julie) Wirtz of Schaumburg, Jeffrey A. (Kathy) Wirtz of Oak Park, Mark H. (Diane) Wirtz of Selinsgrove, PA and Mary C. (Cary) Shinsako of Oak Park; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials may be directed to St. Columba Building Fund. The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.MuellerFH.com. Mueller Funeral Home 800 First Avenue, Ottawa, IL 61350, 815-434-4433.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Mar. 28 to Apr. 3, 2013
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