Martin “Marty” Kitz, 72, of Elburn, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Released from his battles with cancer that he fought bravely for a decade, Marty fell asleep in this world, only to awaken in the arms of his Savior.
He was born Nov. 20, 1940, in Louisville, Ken., the son of George and Edith (Sandberg) Kitz.
Marty and his family moved to Chicago when he was 5 years old, and he attended local schools. When the last bell rang before summer vacation, the family made their annual trip to Indiana to see family and friends at his uncle’s farm.
Marty graduated from Senn High School in Chicago with the class of 1959.
Marty met the love of his life, Frances Feinberg, in Chicago in 1959. Fate chose a grocery store as their meeting place, but it was the altar that cemented 53 years of love and memories that began on Nov. 26, 1961.
They began their new life together in Chicago, and in the ensuing years they made homes in several areas before settling in Elburn in 1983.
Marty was a manager for several grocery stores as a young man, but also owned several businesses of his own, including a candy store, a pharmacy/variety store and, later, a jewelry store. He also spent nine years as manager of Grimm’s in St. Charles.
Marty never met a man who didn’t become a friend, and was the first to lend a hand to anyone in need. Special gifts and donations were always given but he never looked for the recognition. He loved to watch sports, especially football and always the Super Bowl. The time he spent with his children was golden, but became priceless when he got to make memories with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Frances; three children, David Martin (Katie) Kitz, Shari (Phillip) Moberley and Steven (Michelle) Kitz; five grandchildren, Tyler Martin (Tori) Kondelik, Shana Frances Kondelik and her daughter Layla Belle Craig, Kelly Shannon Kondelik, Sarah Katherine “Pooker” Kitz and Samuel David Kitz; one sister, Shirley Ann (Alan) Levin; two sisters-in-law, Jessica Weinstein and Mary Anne Nichols; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Edith Kitz; and two brothers-in-law, Preston Weinstein and Sherman Nichols.
Following cremation, there will be a private family service and burial at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Marty’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Martin Kitz Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at ww w.conleycare.com.