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Franz M. Benteler of Arlington Heights Visitation Franz M. Benteler will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (four blocks south of Palatine Road), Arlington Heights. Prayers will be said at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, March 18, at the funeral home, proceeding to St. James Catholic Church, 831 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, for Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. Born June 1, 1925, in Hamburg, Germany, to Franz and Maria (nee Keimeyer) Benteler, he died Friday, March 12, 2010, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. A lifelong violinist and entertainer, Franz formed the Royal Strings Orchestra early in life and played with them until he formally retired in 2007. The Royal Strings Orchestra performed internationally and for over 20 years at the Consort Room at the Continental Plaza in Chicago. Franz was honored to receive Chicago's Official Ambassador of Music by former Mayor Richard Daley in the 1990s, and entertained five U.S. presidents and numerous international dignitaries during his career. While Franz was fortunate to enjoy a very successful career in that which he loved so dearly, music, he also always found time for his family, which he held even closer to his heart. He is survived by his wife, Maria S. Benteler (nee Arreola), whom he married Aug. 10, 1984; children, Franz Brett Benteler of Chicago, Adele Maria Benteler of Arlington Heights, Stefan Joseph Benteler of Chicago, Christopher Franz Benteler of Arlington Heights and Kristine Diane Benteler of Qatar; his several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews; and his two loving pets, Goldberg and Sonny. Franz was preceded in death by his son, Eric M. Benteler; his parents; and two brothers and two nieces. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to American Parkinson Disease Association, Glenbrook Medical Office Building South, 2050 Pfingsten Road, Suite 127, Glenview, IL 60025. For information and condolences, www.GlueckertFH.com or 847-253-0168.

Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on Mar. 15, 2010
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