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SS Peter and Paul Church
Tuesday December 27th, 2016
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Aaron L. Reitz

Aaron L.  Reitz, 79, of Waterloo, IL, died December 24, 2016, in Waterloo, IL. He was born September 19, 1937, in Waterloo, IL.

    He is survived by his children Kurt (Conni) Reitz, Kris (Wendy) Reitz, & Kara (Ron) Lavoie; grandchildren Erin, Samantha, Brittany, Allison, Nick (Jessi), & Kaila; sisters & brother Orlou (Bob) Burkemper, Germain (Frank) Leingang, & Neil (Dee) Reitz; sisters-in-law Margaret Reitz & Mary Reitz; nieces; nephews; & cousins.

    He is preceded in death by his wife Janet C. Reitz (nee Toenjes) ; parents Fred & Leora (nee Reinhold) Reitz; sister Carol Reitz; brothers Leroy, Roger, Fredrick, Floyd, & Glennon Reitz.

    Aaron was retired as the Monroe County Circuit Clerk (1995-2010), retired from the Social Security Administration (1961-1994), a member of the Monroe County Democratic Club, SS Peter & Paul Church - Waterloo, Holy Name Society, former president of SS Peter & Paul School Board, Morrison-Talbott Library Board, US Marine Corp. Veteran (1957-1959), and he had a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of Illinois (1961).
           Aaron was devoted to his high school sweet heart and wife, the love of his life, Janet. He was passionate about his work and serving the community. He was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. Aaron also loved a good joke and bad jokes were even better.

As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
Gibault High School or SS Peter & Paul Grade School

    4 PM to 8 PM Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Quernheim Funeral Home
Funeral Mass:
    10 AM Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at SS Peter & Paul Church in Waterloo, IL
        Father Osang Idagbo C.M. officiating
    Interment at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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Our condolences on your families loss. Aaron was a good neighbor and I counted him as a good friend. The world is a better place for him being a part of it.


Doug Tuttle and Family Dec 30 2016 12:00 AM

Family, We were unable to attend Aaron's services because Denny had back surgery 12/27. We remember your father telling us every Christmas that we could not take down our decorations until the Wise Men came. Great memories on North Library.

Dennis and Janet Rippelmeyer Dec 28 2016 12:00 AM

Aaron was a good friend to Bud and a kind and good man. I know that he and Bud are sharing a joke together now. My sympathies for your loss.

Judy Vogt, wife of Perry Vogt Dec 27 2016 12:00 AM

I knew Aaron many years ago and really enjoyed his company. We were in a car pool with many people from St. Louis to Waterloo and I remember his sense of humor and his kindness. He really was a sweet man.

Jan Velayas Dec 27 2016 12:00 AM

Hi Kara, Kurt & Kris:

I'm so sorry to hear that you've lost your dad, he was an amazing person.

Uncle Aaron was the best uncle anyone could ask for, and I always felt so lucky that he and Janet were my God-parents. Uncle Aaron and Aunt Janet were so very kind and warm hearted, and they always went out of their way to make us feel special when we came to visit. Going to your house when I was young was one of the highlights of my childhood. You are lucky to have had such amazing parents.

I remember how Uncle Aaron always made that extra attempt to "come down to our level" when we were young....I can still remember him singing "Jack and Jill went up the hill to catch a pail of beer, Jack feel down and broke his crown and Jill drank all the beer!" He loved joking around with us and we loved the attention.

I am so sorry that we could not make the trip for his funeral. My family had the chance to meet your dad a few times over the years and liked him very much. Please try to take comfort in knowing that your dad is now with Janet, the rest of his family and our Lord.

We will keep you all in our prayers and instead of sending flowers we are donating to the Catholic grade school you listed.

Love The Matassa Family,
Carolyn (Reitz), Tony and Christopher

Carolyn Reitz-Matassa Dec 27 2016 12:00 AM

Kurt & Conni ~~ I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers.

Annie Wittenauer Lovelace Dec 27 2016 12:00 AM

Please accept our sincere sympathy in your loss. May God Grant you comfort and peace.

Marvin and Carolyn Henry Dec 26 2016 12:00 AM

Kara, Kurt, Kris and families:
Thoughts, condolences and prayers to you all. Your Dad is an amazing gentleman. Always a smile or laugh whenever he was around. Words cannot express the sadness we feel for your families. Heaven has gained a great gentleman!

Cindy and Paul Callahan Family Dec 26 2016 12:00 AM