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Christopher J. Wirtz

Obituary for Christopher J. Wirtz

July 16, 1949 - October 26, 2018
Johnsburg, Illinois | Age 69

Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Brother


Christopher "Chris" Wirtz, age 69, of Johnsburg, passed away peacefully with his family present Friday, October 26, 2018, at Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital. He was born July 16, 1949 to the late Francis and Joan (Byrne) Wirtz, in McHenry, IL.

Chris started working at McGee's clothing store in McHenry at the age of 14 for his Uncle Tony. He graduated from Marian Central High School in 1967, and continued his education at Elgin Community College for two years. He was soon after drafted into the Army in 1969. At 25 years old, he opened his own clothing store, Christopher's Mens Wear, on Main Street in McHenry. There he enjoyed many years of style, comradery, and success until retired from the clothing business in 1998. He then worked for a short time at Fox Valley Chemical in sales. His final career path led him to a family business, working for his nephew, Joe Huemann. He worked at Huemann Water Conditioning where he thrived, up until his untimely death. He had a great sense of humor, a love of the outdoors, and the ability to make everyone he met feel like a friend. His influence was vast, and his presence will be missed by all who knew him.

Chris is survived by his loving wife Barb (Huemann) Wirtz, whom he married on October 4, 1969 at Saint John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg, IL. His surviving children are Jessica (Wirtz) Justen and Jonathan Wirtz and their spouses Timothy Justen and Sara (Penoyer) Wirtz. His surviving grandchildren are Amanda, Brody, Colby, and Austin Frazier, and Katelyn and Trevor Wirtz. His surviving brothers and sisters include Patrick and Ann Wirtz, Tony and Laurie Wirtz, Russell and Jill (Wirtz) Siler, Peter Wirtz, and Dave and Jennifer (Wirtz) Kueffner.

A wake will be held at Colonial Funeral Home on Thursday, November 1st from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at 591 Ridgeview Dr., McHenry, IL 60050. In addition, allare welcome to gather at Colonial Friday morning from 9:00 am to 10:00 am, before proceeding to the church. The Funeral Mass and burial will be held Friday, November 2nd at 10:30 am at St. John the Baptist Church at 2302 W Church St., Johnsburg, IL 60051.

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591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
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