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Delbert T. Spitz

April 28, 1925 October 11, 2018
Delbert  T. Spitz
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Obituary for Delbert T. Spitz

Delbert T. Spitz, 93 of Mendota passed away October 11, 2018 following a long illness.
Mass of Christian Burial will be October 15, 2018 at 10:30am in Holy Cross Church with Rev. Peter Pilon officiating. Full Military Rites will be conducted by Mendota V.F.W. Post #4079.
Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation will be October 14, 2018 2-5pm with a 2pm rosary in Schwarz Funeral Home.
Delbert was born on April 28, 1925 in Troy Grove to Martin and Elizabeth (Kratz) Spitz. He married Phyllis A. Easter on January 24, 1948 in St. Mary's Cathedral, Peoria.
He attended Holy Cross School and received his diploma from Mendota High School in 2002.
He served in the European Theater in WWII, including landing at Utah Beach on D-Day. He worked 47 years at the Wayside Press in Mendota, retiring as bindery supervisor
in 1989. Delbert then worked at Del Monte Corporation in Mendota until his second retirement at age 87.
He was a member of Holy Cross Church, Mendota VFW Post #4079, American Legion Post #540, Catholic War Veterans St. Hyacinth Post #1229, The Knights of Columbus, Mendota Optimist Club, Mendota Garden Club, and other local organizations. In 2012 Delbert served as Grand Marshall of the Mendota Sweet Corn Festival parade.
In 2014 he received the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal from the government of France for his service during the war.
Delbert's identity was inseparable from his service in WWII. He joined the US Army in 1943, as soon as he turned 18. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day in 1944, and saw terrible action as he moved through France and served in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. He carried both the pride and the burden of being a veteran for the rest of his life. Those experiences shaped his character, and he never forgot about those who did not come back. Being one of those who came home gave him a special sense of purpose and duty.
Delbert served his community unselfishly through many organizations. Especially important to him were Holy Cross Church and veterans organizations, including the VFW and the Catholic War Veterans. He was not just a social member, but actively lived out his care for other veterans and their families.
Above all, Delbert was a man for his family. He spoke often about his mother and father, and was dedicated to all of his brothers and sisters. His care and devotion to Phyllis was extraordinary---she always came first. For his children, he was the rock of the family, always warm and loving. He was a man of thrift and simple needs, a model of financial responsibility; yet he always provided generously.
He is survived by one son: Jerry (Nancy) Spitz of LaMoille; two daughters: Diana (James) Dempster of Mequon, Wisconsin and Cindie (Charles) Espeland of Marseilles; eight grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren; four sisters: Catherine Taylor, Florence (Charles) Kuebel, Carlene (Roland) Schuhler and Rita (David) Jones; and brother-in-law: Richard Brandt and many nieces and nephews.
Delbert was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, six children in infancy; one great granddaughter; three brothers: Aloysius Spitz, Leo Spitz and Martin Spitz; and two sisters: Estelle Fonner and Delores Brandt.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Holy Cross Church or Holy Cross School.


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Visitation

Sunday

14

Oct

2:00 PM 10/14/2018 2:00:00 PM - 5:00 PM 10/14/2018 5:00:00 PM
Schwarz Funeral Home

907 Jefferson Street
Mendota, IL 61342

Rosary will be recited at 2:00pm

Schwarz Funeral Home
907 Jefferson Street Mendota 61342 IL
United States

Service

Monday

15

Oct

10:30 AM 10/15/2018 10:30:00 AM
Holy Cross Church

1010 Jefferson Street
Mendota, IL 61342

Holy Cross Church
1010 Jefferson Street Mendota 61342 IL
United States

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Holy Cross Cemetery Final Resting Place
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