Age: 76 years, 2 months, 16 days
JOHN H. GURITZ
DOB: June 20, 1876
Washington Township, IL, USA
DOD: September 5, 1952
Allegan, Michigan, USA
Son of: William and Engle Marie Sophie (nee Schaper) Guritz
Brother to seventeen brothers & sisters: Mary (Fred Foy), Sophie (Frank Rudolph), Louisa, Emma (Henry F. Haseman), Louis (Emma Wehrmann), Bertha (William Wilkening), George (Ella D. Lindermann) and Henry Guritz
Half-Brother to: Charles, William (Catherine Ziegler), Heinrich (Auguste Voshage), Friedericka (Fred Wehrmann Sr), August (Dorothea Ohlemkamp), Amelia (Peter H. Lorenzon), Christian (Emma T. Voshage), Caroline (Ernest Bermeier) and Peter Guritz.
Husband to: Martha Maria Charlotte (Tatge), married Feb. 2, 1902 Northfield, IL USA
Father of: “Harry” Harvey W. Guritz
Martha Died: May 13, 1925
John took in (an official marriage is not confirmed) : Ella D. Lindemann (Guritz) and her children sometime after the death of John’s younger brother George who died September 18, 1926
Adoptive father to his brothers (George H. Guritz) children: Arthur (Alice R. Farster), Melvin ( Viola H.Christiansen), Anna (Earl Flick), Earl, Della (James B Dillenbeck) & George A (Jennie unknown) Guritz
JOHN GURITZ DIES AT HOME IN ALLEGAN
Funeral services for john Henry Guritz were held form the Gorden Funeral Residence on Monday evening after he died suddenly at his home on route 4, Allegan, Friday.
Tuesday morning the body was taken to Beecher, Ill., where services were held with interment at the St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery.
He is survived by one son, Harvey, of route 4, Allegan; 4 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs. Mary Foy, of Ft. Ripley, Minn.; Mrs. Bertha Wilkening, of Beecher, Ill., and Mrs. Sophia Rudolph of Hammond, Ind., and several nieces and nephews. He was born in Illinois 76 years ago.
(Editor’s note: John was not buried at St. Johns Lutheran Cemetery as the articles mentions, but he was interned in the Beecher Mausoleum)
FORMER RESIDENT BURIED IN MAUSOLEUM
John Guritz, a former resident of this community, passed away in Allegan, Michigan Friday morning, Sept. 5th. He was born and raised in this community and operated a farm east of Beecher for a number of years. He was born June 20, 1876, attaining the age of 76 years at the time of his passing.
One son, Harvey, of Allegan and four grandchildren survive. Other survivors are three sisters: Mrs. Mary Toy of Minnesota, Mrs. Sophia Rudolph of Crown Point and Mrs. Bertha Wilkening of Beecher.
Funeral services were held at Allegan, Michigan Monday evening. Committal services were held at the Beecher Mausoleum, Tuesday afternoon, at 2:00 o’clock. Rev. Edwin Otte, pastor of St. Luke’s Church, officiated.
HOLD RITES HERE
Committal services were held at the Beecher mausoleum recently for John Guritz of Allegan Mich., a former Beecher resident who died in Allegan on September 5. He was born June 20, 1876 east of Beecher on a farm. He lived near the Beecher-Indiana state line for many years before moving to Michigan. He is survived by one son Harvey of Allegan. Four grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Foy of Minnesota, Mrs. Sophie Rudolph of Crown Point, Ind., and Mrs. Bertha Wilkening of Beecher.
Immediately after marriage John, Martha and their young son Harvey moved to Jackson, Minnesota and took up farming there. By 1912 they moved back to the Beecher area, Hanover, Lake County, Indiana and bought yet another farm.
In 1925 his beloved wife Martha died following an operation at St. James Hospital. The following year 1926, his older brother George Heinrich, husband to Ella D. (NEE: Lindemann) and the father of six children, ages 1 year to 14 years old died. George had been in poor health for four years. He was taken suddenly ill and after two short days he was called to answer the final summons.
By 1930, John was living on his farm in Lake county, IN with his only son Harvey and took in his brothers George’s widow Ella and six children, Arthur, Melvin, Anna, Earl, Della and George.
By 1940 John, Harvey, Ella and the six children had moved to Lawrence, Van Buren, Michigan. In the 1940 census John & Ella are listed as husband and wife.
John died September 5, 1952 in Allegan, Michigan and he was brought home to be laid to rest next to Martha in the Beecher Mausoleum.
John’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
First Wife: Martha (Tatge) Guritz
Half Brother and sister-in-law: August Guritz & Dora (Ohlenkamp) Guritz
Other extended more distant families include:
Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking, Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Froboese, Graham, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof, Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppenstead, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn, Kirchhoff, Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, McCarty, Meyer, Monk, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,