George Petry
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.
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To the entire Petry family:

Please accept my condolences on the passing of Mr. Petry. He truly was an amazing man and I feel so honored to have been his transplant nurse over the 5+ years at Loyola. I was awed by his zest for life which was so apparent in the way he meticulously took care of himself. Everyday that he lived his life was special and his love for you all, his family, was so obvious. Thank you again for sharing his early years with us in the form of the interview with Keena. It was beautiful. We will never forget him. God bless you all.

Charis Habercoss
November 9, 2005
thats my grandpa! best 1 in the world
keena grady
November 8, 2005
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