JERSEYVILLE- Arnold Eugene "Gene" Stiritz, 79, died at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Willow Rose Rehab & Health Care Center in Jerseyville.He was born in Godfrey on November 14, 1934, and was one of seven children born to the late Joseph Boedy & Eunice Marie (McDow) Stiritz.He had been employed with Principia College in Elsah for many years, retiring as a groundskeeper.Gene married the former Ellen Hansen on March 3, 1962 in Brighton, and she survives.Also surviving are two daughters & sons in law, Sharon & Bret Yates of Cottage Hills and Karen & Dirk Hernandez of Brighton; five grandchildren & their spouses, Erica & Nathan Ater of Brighton, Kara Figge of Arlington, Tx., Kyle Yates of Cottage Hills, Mercedes Hernandez and Shauni Hernandez both of Brighton; five great grandchildren; four sisters & brothers in law, Patricia & John Ward of Ft. Myers, Fl., Betty & Mike Siemer of Godfrey, Linda Boehler of Godfrey, Janet & John Ragsdale of Dorsey; a sister in law, Sandra Stiritz of Godfrey.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Stiritz; an infant sister, Peggy Stiritz; and a brother in law, Roy Boehler.Visitation will be from 9 a.m., Tuesday until time of funeral services at 11 a.m., at the Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.Burial will be in the Valhalla Memorial Park in Godfrey.Memorials may be given to the Activity Department at Willow Rose Rehab & Health Care Center.
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