Shirley A. Gurnitz

June 26, 1936 ~ October 17, 2018 (age 82)

Shirley A. Gurnitz, age 82, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at Symphony of Joliet as her family sang her favorite song Old Time Rock-n-Roll at her bedside. Now she is dancing in heaven.

She is survived by 6 children George (Debbie) Gurnitz, Liz “Punky” (Gary-deceased) Donick, June (Scott) Riley, Dale Gurnitz, Glenn (Tanya) Gurnitz and Gail (Chris) Gurnitz-Sage; 21 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; also survived by Barb Gurnitz.

Preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, George “Gypsy” Gurnitz; 3 children Jim Gurnitz, Kiki (Carlos) Jarrett, and Gary Gurnitz; her parents Joseph and Elizabeth (Farmer) Studer; 4 brothers and 2 sisters.

Shirley loved life and was always smiling. Her children and grandchildren were her “favorites’. She was a strong, selfless woman who adored her husband and enjoyed doing woodworking with him in his retirement.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 5 - 9 p.m. at the Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home.

Memorials to Alzheimers Association or Joliet Area Community Hospice in Shirley’s name would be appreciated.

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