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Visitation

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Monday May 9th, 2022
4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Prayer Service 6:50 pm

Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home
Monday May 9th, 2022

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Funeral Service

St. John Lutheran Church
Tuesday May 10th, 2022
10:30am

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Graveside Service

Woodlawn Memorial Park
Tuesday May 10th, 2022

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Robert George "Bob" Fitzer

Robert George “Bob” Fitzer passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

 

Bob was born June 5, 1924 to Albert and Viola (Hacker) Fitzer in Frankfort, IL and started school in 1929 at the Cleveland School in Frankfort. When his family moved to a farm in Plainfield, he continued his education at the one room school in Caton Farm. He graduated from Joliet Township High School in 1941. On October 12, 1944 he married Jean Roth at the Seward Congregational Church, Minooka. They lived their entire married life on County Line Road, Joliet.

 

He is survived by his wife, Jean (Roth) Fitzer and daughters, Juanita (Philip) Francis of Paradise Valley, AZ; Susan (Bernard) Heisner of Fairview Heights, IL and Carolyn (John) Kinsella of Seneca, IL. He is also survived by 9 grandchildren, Nita and Phil’s children - Sarah (Matt) Walsh, Laura (Jeff) Jacobs, Robert (Melissa) Francis, and Catherine Francis; Sue and Bernie’s children - Charles (Holly) Heisner, and Elizabeth (Bob) Paradiso; and Carolyn and John’s children - Michael (Kristin) Kinsella, Kathleen (Victor) Rexroade, and Colleen Kinsella.  Other survivors include his 19 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Priscilla (Roth) Morse; nieces, Sharyl Deckard and Jeanette Morse; and nephew, Richard Hyder.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, Fred and Gladys (Newman) Roth; sister, Lois (Fitzer) Hyder; brother-in-law, William Morse; niece, Barbara (Douglas) Anderson; and grandson, Matthew B. Kinsella.

 

Bob lived and farmed in Kendall and Will counties and firmly believed in the importance of agriculture. He attended many Farmer’s Short Course classes at Joliet Junior College. He believed in supporting his community. He served on the boards of St. John Lutheran Church, Will County Farm Bureau, Will County Corn and Soybean Associations, Will South-Cook Soil and Water Conservation District and the Federal Land Bank of St. Louis. In 2013 he provided an oral history of agriculture to the Abraham Lincoln Library in Springfield, Il.

 

Visitation will be on Monday, May 9, 2022 from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.at Blackburn-Giegerich-Sonntag Funeral Home,1500 Black Road, Joliet, IL. Closing prayers will be offered at 6:50pm by the Church Council.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Rd, for a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

 

Preferred memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 2650 Plainfield Rd, Joliet or Lightways Hospice, 250 Waterstone Circle, Joliet.

 

 


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I remember your whole family with fondness and respect. Nita, Sue and Carolyn - I am glad your parents have lived such a long life together and that you had them in your lives all these years. Know this brought back many memories and I wanted you to know you are all remembered. With great affection, Helen Coyne Curd

Helen Coyne Curd May 13 2022 2:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Fitzer

Dr.Wassim El-Harake and staff May 12 2022 9:38 AM

Wonderful memories from a wonderful man

Jane & John Francis May 9 2022 8:40 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Fitzer

Greg and Cheryl Pierce May 9 2022 12:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Fitzer

Michael St Germain May 9 2022 11:47 AM

So many stories to tell, but five words will cover it all. He was a good man!

Carl and Linda Chapman May 8 2022 1:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Fitzer

Jim and Marta Simmons May 7 2022 2:25 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Fitzer

fred propper I used to, talk to Bob in between church services and I remember the fun times with the prime timers gatherings at the Fitzer farm and the hay rides he would give! He was a wonderful person and God Bless ihis soul and survivin g family May 7 2022 11:01 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Fitzer

Eric, Mary Ann, Erica and Amber Egger May 6 2022 11:51 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert Fitzer

Linda L Koerner May 6 2022 11:35 PM

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