John E. Gritzmacher

October 18, 1939 - January 20, 2016
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John E. Gritzmacher, 76 of Belvidere, IL, passed away Wednesday evening, January 20, 2016 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. John was born October 18, 1939 in Belvidere, IL, son of Edwin and Gertrude (Scharping) Gritzmacher. He married Virginia Guhrke on July 2, 1960 in Marengo, IL. John owned and operated 320 Meats in Rockford and 640 Meats in Loves Park, IL. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. John enjoyed camping and canoeing. He was very proud to share the same birthday as Mike Ditka and was sure to mention that to anyone he could. John was a huge Chicago Bears and Chicago Bulls fan. Most importantly, family meant everything to him, and he was a true family man.

John is loved and will be missed by his loving wife, Virginia of Belvidere; children, Kirk Gritzmacher of Belvidere, Kent Gritzmacher of Gainesville, FL, Kip (Katrina) Gritzmacher of Belvidere, Krystal Pendzinski of Rockford, daughter-in-law, Charmaine Cornwell; grandchildren, Autumn Gritzmacher, Jarett Gritzmacher, Kailah Ballard, Brittany Pendzinski, Jordan Pendzinski, Colton Gritzmacher, Ellie Gritzmacher; great-grandchildren, Payton Cruz, Ronan Gritzmacher-Wyer; siblings, Richard (Janice) Gritzmacher of Belvidere, Robert (Marlene) Gritzmacher of Mesa, AZ, Barbara (Richard) Wych of Garden Prairie, Diane Brown of Santee, CA; numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Audrey and John Thurow, and Orin and Anita Thies. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Zachery Gritzmacher, son-in-law, Raymond Pendzinski; sisters, Mary Sawyer, Judy Christiansen, Donna Frazer.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 25, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Rev. Allan Buss officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the church. There will also be a visitation from 10:00 a.m, until the time of service on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established at a later date. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit www.AndersonFCS.com.

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL, 61008

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the church


Date: Monday, January 25, 2016

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL, 61008

There will also be a visitation from 10:00 a.m, until the time of service on Monday


Service Information

Date: Monday, January 25, 2016

Time: 11:00 am -

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Address:

1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL, 61008

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 25, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Rev. Allan Buss officiating


Memorial Information

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established at a later date


 

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Born: October 18, 1939
Died: January 20, 2016

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Susan Miles Lyford posted on 1/22/16

So sorry to read of John's passing. Have known the family for many, many years. God's Blessing's to the family.

 

Jim and LaVonne Arand posted on 1/31/16

Jim and I are so sorry to hear that John passed away. we were unable to make it to the services but send our prayers and deepest sympathy. We hold fond memories in our hearts. Lovingly Jim and LaVonne Arand

 

Mrs. Carole E. Mayer posted on 1/25/16

Ginny and family, I'm sending you my sincere condolences in the loss of John. I'll always remember working with him when I had my catering business for wedding receptions. John would take my order and time that I would pick it up so that I got the best food. I'm sorry that I couldn't attend the visitation or funeral. You see, Bruce 7 weeks ago tonight went from this earthly home to Eternity. Everything is to fresh yet to go to your celebration of John's life. I pray your family all stay close and comfort one another it is so very important.Grief is tough no doubt my prayer for you is you have a number of friends also family to help you through it, the best is day by day or hour by hour if need be. May God Bless all of you that mourn. Just think whatever John had for an illness he has no more he is perfect in every way and in no finer place than HEAVEN.......

 

Jerry & Judy Luepkes posted on 1/24/16

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ginny & family. We will miss Gritz very much. We always had good times together..Love to you Ginny.

 

Margo (Gritzmacher) Doolittle posted on 1/23/16

Uncle john always had an upbeat attitude and enjoyed making people laugh. He had a huge heart of gold. And even though he was in pain most of the time he never griped or grumbled unless he put a humorous spin on it. I have loved him all my life and while he will be missed I know that he was welcomed by God with open arms and he is in no pain anymore. And I'm sure he is talking the angels ears off telling them all about his family . LOL xoxoxo

 

Daniels Family posted on 1/22/16

Virginia & family So sorry to hear about John. He was a kind man to all he met and will be missed by many. May God be with all of you during this most difficult time. Richard, Roberta,& Ang Daniels & Lisa Vance

 

Kay Wych posted on 1/22/16

Our hearts go out to you Aunt Ginger and your family...with sympathy, Kay and Brad Wych

 

Deana Lesch posted on 1/22/16

My thoughts and prayers to Virginia and her family. May peace be with you.

 

linda cole posted on 1/22/16

sorry for your loss

 

Kathy Mechler posted on 1/22/16

Dear Virginia....So sorry to hear about John...our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy... Kathy and Daisy

 

Kathy Mechler posted on 1/22/16

Dear Virginia....So sorry to hear about John..our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With Deepest Sympathy...Kathy and Daisy

 

Selene Pierce posted on 1/22/16

Dear Gritzmacher Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in our prayers.

 

David Youssi posted on 2/21/16

I was an employee of John's back when he owned 320 Meats. He was a kind and generous man and I sincerely wish all of his family the very best. I will get to see him again one day when my time comes. He is up there with my Dad now. I enjoyed working for John very much while I was going to school. I definitely would like to contribute to any memorial. Please email me any information regarding that. Much love to all!! [email protected]

 

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