Jacob “Jack” Moritz, age 93 years, of Jefferson City, MO, a former Des Plaines, IL resident passed away Saturday, October 10, 2020 at home surrounded by his family.
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He was born on September 11, 1927 in Schlichtenberg, Bavaria, Germany, the son of Ferdinand and Maria (Sammer) Moritz. Jack grew up in Germany and worked in the family clothing business as a tailor until he moved to the United States in 1951.
He was married on May 24, 1952 in Chicago, IL to Theresa Kern.
A longtime resident of the northwest suburbs of Des Plaines, IL, Jack worked for 30 years at Slingerland Drum Co. as a woodshop foreman until the plant closed. He later worked as evening custodian at Buffalo Grove High School for 8 years until his retirement.
Jack possessed a strong faith and was a member of St. Emily Catholic Church in Mt. Prospect in Illinois for 56 years. He was also a member of the Böhmerwald Verein (Bohemian Forest Club) and the Feuerwehr (volunteer fire brigade).
Jack was a perfectionist and he was passionate about wood working projects that kept his mind and hands busy. He would build fully detailed bird houses with chimneys, porches, flower boxes, shutters, and flags in a log cabin style using old drum sticks and later with wooden dowels. These bird houses are true treasures to his family. He enjoyed taking vacations to travel throughout the United States and several trips back to his home town of Herzogsreut in Bavaria to see old friends and relatives. Jack also looked forward to his daily walks with his buddies through the neighborhood.
He was a very peaceful man who rarely showed his anger and will be remembered for his giving heart and was dedicated to helping others. Most importantly, he cherished his family and gave generously of his time with those he loved.
Survivors include: his loving wife of 68 years, Theresa Moritz of Des Plaines, IL; daughter, Anita Glascock of Jefferson City, MO; son, Jim Moritz (wife Cathy) of Prospect Heights, IL; two brothers, Richard Moritz (wife Erna) of Des Plaines, IL and Ferdinand Moritz (wife Heike) of Wangen, Allgäu, Germany; seven grandchildren, Angela Bulawski, Melanie Highland, Lindsay Gorton, Joshua Moritz, Bianca Ingwersen, Libbey Moritz and Zoe Gold; eleven great-grandchildren, Marcus and Simon Bulawski, Andrew and Cecily Highland, Benjamin, David and Matthew Gorton, Linnea and Lincoln Ingwersen, and Charlotte and Riley Moritz; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Joshua Moritz; one son-in-law, Daryl Glascock; four sisters, Walburga Sterr, Ida Madl, Therese Auweck and Maria Weiss; and one brother, Fritz Moritz.
Visitation will be held at St. Emily Catholic Church in Mt. Prospect, IL from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020 with his Mass of Christian Burial held immediately following at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.
Graveside services and interment will be held at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, IL.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the St. Emily Catholic Church, 1400 East Central Road, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056, or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.