March 28, 1942 – May 23, 2013
Barbara Jean Alitz, 71, passed away at home on Thursday, May 23, 2013. She grew up in Mason City and graduated from Holy Family Catholic School. Barbara married John Alitz in 1960. They made their home in Runnells, IA where they raised their four children: twin sons, John and Joe, son, Jim and daughter, Janna. They celebrated 53 years of marriage. Barb loved her family, her church and her work. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Des Moines. Barb was a dedicated employee of Southridge HyVee, Des Moines for 27 years. Barb enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed gardening and collecting antiques.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Francis Graner; and two brothers, Lewis and Jack Graner. She leaves behind her husband, John; children, John (MaryKay)Alitz, Joe (Katie) Alitz, Jim (Tracy) Alitz and Janna (Ryan) Wheatly; 12 grandchildren, Terran, Josh, Ashland and Adia Alitz, Nick, Tyler and Tommy Alitz, Alexis Alitz, Katherine Vega and Christopher Ebert, and Luke and Ella Wheatly; siblings, Mildred (Norm) Mondahl, Marylou (John) Behm, Patricia (Larry) Szymeczek, and Joan Evans (Joe Ricketts) and their families.
Visitation will be 5-7:00 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2013 at Iles Funeral Homes – Grandview Park Chapel, 3211 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA, followed by a rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 28 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Des Moines. Burial will be at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery rural Cumming, IA. Donations may be directed to St. Joseph Catholic Church.
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