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John Hritz

John Hritz, age 83, a lifelong resident of Swedeland, Pa., died on Wednesday,October 30, 2013 at home surrounded by his loving wife, children and grand-children. He was the son of the late Stephen Hritz and the late Veronica Miscavage, the devoted husband of Rosemarie (nee Rocus) Hritz and the beloved father of Patricia Belford (Bruce) of Conshohocken, the late David G. Hritz, and Mark Adam (Kimmerly) Hritz of Stowe. He will be sadly missed by his two grand-daughters, that he adored, Rebekka and Emylee Hritz. He was also preceded in death by his brother, The late Stephen Hritz. After graduating from Upper Merion High School and working briefly at the Refractories Corporation in Port Kennedy, he served our country in the Naval Reserve and then enlisted in the United States Army. During his time with the army, he had 10 months service in the Korean Campaign. Before he went in the army, he married Rosemarie Rocus on September 9, 1951, his wife of 62 years. He worked for the Upper Merion School District for over 27 years as a custodian until his retirement in 1995. Mr. Hritz was a member of Sacred Heart Church and a life member of the Holy Name Society. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, going to the shore, and camping. He had gone camping in many places including Canada, Maine and Virginia, where he had a small place in Chincoteague. He also enjoyed trips to the casino with his wife. In his spare time he was known to be very handy repairing lawn mowers. Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass on Monday, November 4, 2013, 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Church, 120 Jefferson Street, Swedesburg, Pa., 19405, where they may call after 9 a.m. Interment will be in St. Augustine Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church. Arrangements are by The Bernard S. Gutkowski Funeral Home, Swedesburg, Upper Merion Twp., Pa., 19405. www.gutkowskifuneralhome.com

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Gutkowski Funeral Home
305 Jefferson Street Swedesburg, PA 19405
Published in The Times Herald on Nov. 2, 2013
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