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John L. Smitendorf
(01-05-1934 - 04-08-2018)

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 John L Smitendorf, 84, of Elgin, passed away on April 8, 2018. He was born on January 5, 1934 in Elgin, IL the son of Walter and Erma Smitendorf. John was a Veteran, and served in the US Navy. He had worked for the Phone Company for 38 years prior to retirement.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Elgin.

Survivors include his wife: Marilyn; 3 children: Michelle (Bruce) Ganze, Scott Smitendorf and Steven (Norma) Smitendorf; six grandchildren: James, Joseph, John, Jared Ganze, Jaclyn and Julia Smitendorf; two great grandchildren: Malachi Ganze and Aubrielle Ganze; a sister: Joan Schwartz, along with many family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother: Roger Smitendorf.

Funeral mass will be held on Thursday April 12, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Elgin, with Rev. Christopher Kuhn officiating. Burial will follow at Bluff City Cemetery. Elgin. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4-8:00 PM at the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin, and on Thursday at the church, from 11:00 AM until the mass. 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com

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