George Alfred Wirtjes, of West Middlesex, passed away unexpectedly at 7:36 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Sharon Regional Medical Center after a
brief illness. He was 69.
Mr. Wirtjes was born April 15, 1949, in Webster City, Iowa, a son of George A. and Vivian (Wilson) Wirtjes.
Due to his mother's unexpected death when he was a year old, George was raised by his maternal grandparents, Archie "Bill" and Myrtle Faye Wilson.
He was a 1968 graduate of Webster City High School and was employed as an over-the-road truck driver for 45 years, retiring in 2011.
George is survived by his wife, the former Marcie A. Clark, whom he married Dec. 29, 1989; a daughter, Michele Wirtjes (Richard Carpentier); two sons, Paul Wirtjes (Denise) and Andrew Wirtjes; two sisters, Carol Clabaugh and Rosemary Tanaka; a brother, Don Wirtjes; three grandchildren, Courtney Benjamin, Nicky Lindahl and Lectra Lindahl; two great-grandchildren, Liam Calmer and Leonardo Zitteritsch; his mother-in-law, Antoinette "Toni" Clark; and aunts and uncle, Arlene "Peachy" Beightol and Verna "Puggy" Peckinpaugh (Ray).
Besides his mother, George was preceded in death by his father; grandparents, Bill and Myrtle Wilson and Jake and Blanch Wirtjes; an uncle, Clyde Wilson; an aunt, Shirley Schmidt; his father-in-law, Paul Clark Sr.; and a grandson, Michael Wirtjes.
George was a personable man who liked to talk to everyone. He was unique in regards to finding humor in all of his conversations. He was a very talented woodworker and built beautiful tables, benches and shelves. He also built small birdhouses, so he could watch baby birds grow up, and was a gifted sketcher.
George enjoyed fishing, watching golf and football, gambling, playing keno and baking.
He was a very generous man and took wonderful care of his mother-in-law during his retirement.
George Alfred, 69, of West Middlesex.
Calling hours: 2:30 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday (6-13-18) in J. BRADLEY MCGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com.
Service: Memorial service at 4 p.m. Wednesday (6-13-18) in the funeral home, with the Rev Matthew Ruyechan, officiating.
Published on June 11, 2018