Gary Pitz, 76, of Peosta and formerly of New Vienna, passed away surrounded by his family Monday, Sept. 14, at UW Health University Hospital, Madison, Wis.

Visitation was held 2-8 p.m., Sept. 17, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. Visitation continued from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 18, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna with burial in the church cemetery. Burial took place after procession past the Pitz Family Farm. Rev. Anthony Nketiah officiated with Rev. Carl Ries concelebrating.

Gary was born Sept. 8, 1944, in New Vienna, the son of Paul and Leonetta (Ries) Pitz. He married Elaine (Siebels) Pitz Feb. 23, 1974.

He had a passion for farming, taking over the Pitz Family farm, in 1974. Gary excelled in basketball and baseball for many years. He later enjoyed watching sports, especially his children and grandchildren. Gary also looked forward to his Tuesday golf outings and occasional fishing trips.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine, of 46 years, children: Scott (Amy) Pitz, of Epworth, Amy (Dan) O’Connell, of Delhi, Kevin (Lori) Pitz, of New Vienna, Megan (Brian) Werner ,of Delhi; grandchildren: Grace, Garrett, Allie, Cambrie, Payton, Olivia, Miya, Gordon, Parker, Brylee, Brant, Braelyn; siblings: Doris (Tony) Helle, of Edgewood, Phyllis Jean Hromadka, of Dubuque, Kay Hughes, of Marion; in-laws: Jeanette Johnson, of Appleton, Wis., Cleo (Mike) Rogers, of Cascade, Sally Siebels, of Monticello, Paul (Linda) Siebels, of Monticello, Beverly (Jim) Ervin, of Monticello.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Harvey and Louise Siebels; in-laws: David Hughes, Leroy Johnson, David Siebels; a niece, Julie Hromadka and nephew, Devin Siebels.

The family would like to thank the First Responders of Centralia/Peosta, the ER Department at MercyOne in Dubuque, and the UW Staff for all their compassionate care.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.