Robert L. Untiedt
1956 - 2021
BORN
1956
DIED
2021
Robert L. Untiedt
Born: May 25, 1956
Died: March 21, 2021
Robert L Untiedt, 64, proprietor of Graham's Chocolates in Geneva, IL passed away to his heavenly home in the loving arms of his wife, Beckie, after a yearlong battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Beckie Untiedt neé Harm, daughters Jayni (Matt) Wunderlich, Maddi (Jarrett) Smith. Sisters, Susan (Terry) Klatt, Bonita Untiedt, Twin Sister-in-law, Bonnie (Rick) Pechous, grandchildren Lainey, Sloane, and Cullen, and many in-laws, nephews and nieces, and a huge Graham's Family of Employees that spans over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Harvey and Helen (Graham) Untiedt.
Bob would want you to know how deeply he loved his family, his employees, his community, music, and chocolate. He had a heart for hospitality and brought that love and dedication to his businesses Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream in Geneva and Wheaton, and Graham's 318 Coffee House in Geneva.
He never met a stranger. He loved and struck up conversations with anyone he bumped into and loved to chat with customers and fellow business owners.
Blessed with a natural musical talent, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from NIU and began his career as a high school band director and teacher at Forest View. He played music all over Chicagoland with several bands, notably JP & the Katz, PF Fliers, and Bonita Dreams. One serendipitous night, he met his wife Beckie when she auditioned for lead singer of his band. The two went on not only to grow an amazing family and business together, but they also made beautiful music with one another for over 30 years.
He and Beckie led praise services at St Mark's Lutheran Church for over a decade every Sunday, and participated in services at Christ Community, both in St Charles. He also served on the board of directors at The State Bank of Geneva and Retail Confectioner's International (RCI).
He was never happier than when he was spending time with his family and friends, leading worship, or creating his chocolates, sitting in the front window of Graham's, waving to passersby.
If you knew Bob, you know his sense of humor was both goofy and deadpan. His daughters and wife always loved to dress him up, which was convenient since the last time he stepped foot into a clothing store was in the 1980s. He found everything to be "fabulous" and if you did something he found neat, he'd say, "Cool Beans." He once tried out for the US Olympic Bobsled team on a whim. He excelled at skiing, ice skating, juggling, and doing the moonwalk. He could play and write music for nearly any instrument. He had a love for Drum Corps which took him all over the US to attend World Championship competitions. He was the best Dad to his daughters and Papa to his grandbabies and was always willing to show off pictures of them to anyone with eyes. He loved going to concerts with his wife Beckie, who he nicknamed "Beautiful," and traveling internationally with friends from RCI.
He has left a legacy to his children, and has always had an eye to the future, preparing the way for his daughters to carry on the Graham's tradition for the next generation, and those generations to come.
His humble grace and generosity to the community will carry on in those who loved him and those who grew up enjoying Graham's Chocolates. In the beginning he didn't know how deeply he would become rooted in the history of Geneva, he only knew that with his mother's inspiration and his father's blessing, he would hone the art of hand-crafted chocolates, and by doing so become a Geneva icon.
His smile, his grace, and his wisdom will be missed. And to all of you, he does not say goodbye. Instead he says, "Bon Jovi."
Visitation will be open to the public (with masks required to attend) on Friday, March 26, from 2pm - 6pm at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, St. Charles, IL. There will be a private memorial service for the family immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bob's memory to TriCity Family Services at tricityfamilyservices.org, or Lazarus House at lazarushouse.net.
The family requests privacy at this time and thanks everyone for their understanding and love for Bob, Graham's and his family.
Published by Kane County Chronicle from Mar. 24 to Apr. 1, 2021.
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Amanda & Tommy Stiberth
July 22, 2021
Our deepest condolences. Bob was one of the good ones. He will be missed. May his memory be eternal.
Glynn and Susanna Searl
April 22, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Beckie, Jayni, Maddi and family and friends. God used Bob in so many ways. His kind and gentle spirit impacted my life as a student in Jazz Band at Forest View. He was a teacher and a friend. Looking forward to the day we will be rejoicing together with our Father. Until then my friend.
Cheryl Geier
April 6, 2021
I got to know Bob during my time serving at The Holmstad and doing activity outings for the residents. Bob was so helpful and loved sharing his passion for the business and pleasing customers. God Bless you all
Bill Hubbell
April 2, 2021
My brothers and I grew up down the street from Rob and his sisters. What wonderful years those were. I remember the Untiedt house as a place where you were always welcome, the large family room on the back of the house always open for guests. Certainly one of the favorite families to everyone on Morris Avenue. And what a great legacy Rob has left in Geneva for his co-worker, family, church family and neighbors. Sincere condolences to Rob's family from myself and "the Workman Boys" from down the street.
Kent D Workman
March 29, 2021
My mom (Helen Wood) knew Bob´s mom Helen through Church. When my mom heard that Bob had just opened an ice cream and candy shop in Geneva, we went there together right away. Geneva had always been a favorite place for my mom and I to spend the day and now there was always a stop at Grahams. Those stops have continued since then with family & friends and an occasional emergency night time run for ice cream! Thank you for providing so many of us with wonderful memories and we look forward to many more to come. Gloria (Wood) Ryder
Gloria (Wood) Ryder
March 28, 2021
Love and hugs to Jayni + family!
Kristen L Janes
March 26, 2021
I remember Bob from his first small store kitty corner from the present Grahams. My son and I would bike from Batavia and Bob would insist we both have a chocolate covered strawberry. He was such a nice man. Cherish the wonderful memories of your times together. Prayers for your family!
Jane Orr
March 26, 2021
I offer my condolences. A fond memory of mine was during our Paris trip, having to stop at every chocolate or ice cream store for " comparisons"! Roger and I recently secretly ordered a box of your chocolates for each other...
Jeanne (Trengove) Turczak
March 26, 2021
Bob & Beckie were early Geneva business sponsors & vendors at Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival in Island Park on Labor Day weekend. Bob was always a generous supporter who was sincerely interested in what he could do to help our grassroots event. His passing is a heartbreaking event for the community and a sad loss to all of us who were lucky enough to know him. My sincere condolences go out to Beckie and his Family.
Juel Ulven
March 26, 2021
The Rapacz Family
March 25, 2021
I had the pleasure of doing vanilla business with Bob for many years, and his lovely missing presence will be felt by me and to the community. Beckie, you and your family have my heartfelt condolences. Kind Regards, Dale (of CWS Ingredients)
Dale Nellis-Arnold
March 25, 2021
I was never in Band at FVHS . But boy you could never miss Bob. He was alway the hip looking teacher at Fvhs one cool cat ! You knew you as a musician ! To his family God bless peace be with you
Eric serchuk
March 25, 2021
RIP Mr Untiedt. Thank u for being a great band director at FVHS. Band camp was great back in the early 80's. May you enjoy heaven May the heavens enjoy your musical talents n chocolates
Lisa Bandt
March 25, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Bob will be missed.
Mark Conro Family
March 24, 2021
Beckie and family, I am so heartbroken to hear of the loss of Bob. I feel so privileged to have gotten to know him (and you) in the past few years through RCI. My sincerest sympathies are with you! Jan O'Brien
Jan O'Brien
March 24, 2021
Laura, Steve & Trisha Carter
March 24, 2021
Venckus-Krippel Family
March 24, 2021
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