Alida H. Wirtz, age 98, of Ottawa and formerly of McHenry, died Monday, September 20, 2010 at Ottawa Regional Medical Center.
She was born March 14, 1912 in Chicago to Henry and Alida (Hess) Freund.
Alida was a longtime resident of McHenry living on Maple Street. She was a tailor/seamstress for the McGee Store for men, located on Green Street, that was owned by her husband Tony. After Tony’s death she became the proprietor of the store.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, and member of the St. Patrick’s Church Ladies Guild. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a proud charter member of the McHenry Public Library and was on the board of directors. She was assigned library card number 2. Alida was recognized in McHenry with the Professional Women of the Year award and was a founding charter member of F.I.S.H. She was devoted to her catholic faith and will be remembered for her smile and cheerful personality.
Most recently, she became a resident of Ottawa to be closer to her son living at Heritage Woods of Ottawa.
She is survived by a son Jack (Catherine) Wirtz of Ottawa; four grandchildren, Raymond (Julie) Wirtz of Schaumburg, Jeffrey (Kathy) Wirtz of Oak Park, Mark (Diane) Wirtz of Selinsgrove, PA, Mary (Cary) Shinsako of Oak Park; twelve great grandchildren, Christopher (Jessica) Wirtz, Scottie Wirtz, Andrew Wirtz, John Wirtz, Colleen Wirtz, Jeffrey Wirtz, Kristen Wirtz, Megan Wirtz, Matt Wirtz, Barb (Corey) Aucker, Daniel Shinsako, Rebecca Shinsako; and a great great-grandchild, Gavin.
She was preceded in death by her husband Tony; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2010 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, Il 60050.
Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Saturday, September 25, from 8:00 a.m. until prayers are said at 9:00 a.m. then leaving for the 9:30 a.m. funeral Mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 3500 W. Washington St., McHenry, Il 60050.
Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Churchyard Cemtery, McHenry
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggest memorial to F.I.S.H., P.O. Box 282, McHenry, IL 60051.
For more information call the funeral home at 815-385-2400 or send the family an on-line condolence at www.justenfh.com