Gary Francis Gwirtz
Gary Francis Gwirtz, age 41, of rural Crestline, died Wednesday,
January 16, 2008 at Med Central Shelby Hospital after a two and a half year battle with cancer.
He was born May 25, 1966 in Shelby and was a 1984 graduate of Crestline High School and Pioneer Joint Vocational School. Gary worked as a meat cutter at the family business, Gwirtz Market in Shelby. However, his first love was farming. He was an active member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Bethlehem, Shelby Settlement. Gary was a volunteer fireman at Tiro-Auburn Volunteer Fire Department. He had a good sense of humor and remained positive throughout his illness. Gary was a very caring person, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Gary is survived by his wife, Karen Ann (Horning) Gwirtz, whom he married on September 30, 1989; 2 sons, Evan Gwirtz and Heath Gwirtz both at home; his parents, James F. and Eileen C. (Rieman) Gwirtz of Crestline; 2 brothers and spouses, Mark and Tammy Gwirtz and Greg and Vera Gwirtz all of Crestline; a sister and spouse, Amy and Mike Stechshulte of Elida; nieces and nephews, Megan and Joshua Gwirtz, Logan, Caleb, and Abby Stechshulte, Joe, Jeannette, Juliann, Keira, Conner, and Keely Hook.
Friends may call on Sunday, January 20, 2008 from Noon-3 PM and
6-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where a wake service will be held at 8 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 21, 2008 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Bethlehem with Father Nick Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Memorial expressions may be made to Sacred Heart School or Tiro-Auburn Fire Department. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at