George Petry of Arlington Heights Visitation for George Petry, 81, will be from 3 p.m. until the time of the services at 7 p.m. today, at Matz Funeral Home, 410 E. Rand Road, Mount Prospect. Interment will be private. Born Oct. 6, 1924, in passed away peacefully Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at Northwest Community Healthcare, after a lengthy battle with heart disease. A survivor of the Siberian gulags and a World War II veteran, George served as a tank commander with the British/Free Polish Forces in the North African and Italians campaigns. Immigrating to the United States in 1950, he worked his way up from a waiter to a CTA bus driver, to a property owner, businessman and investor. In the Arlington Heights business community, he was involved in the Kiwanis Club as the owner of the House of Hair. He was proud of his American citizenship and the opportunity to live the American dream. He had a voracious appetite for reading, politics, Ham radio and financial investing. George was one of Illinois' oldest and longest heart transplant recipients, having survived for more than 18 years. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Emily (nee Hoffmann); daughter, Eva (Bob) Grady; stepson, Hank (Kathy Weidner) Pietruszka; and grandchildren, David, Jacquelyn, Keena and Katie. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Loyola Heart Transplant Unit appreciated. For information, 847-394-2336.
Published by Daily Herald from Nov. 8 to Nov. 9, 2005.