After celebrating his 100th birthday, C. Willard "Bill" Gitzen and Regina, his wife of over 60 years, were finally reunited in heaven on Feb. 4, where Regina has been waiting since March 31,2007. Mr. and Mrs. Gitzen were residents of Royal Oak for over 30 years. They were long time members of the First Congregational Church and together volunteered for Meals on Wheels for over 20 years. Bill owned his own insurance agency for more than four decades, while Regina was very active in the Royal Oak Woman's Club, the Zoar Society, and the Rebekka Circle at the church. Their last years together were spent at Canterbury on the Lake - a retirement community in Waterford. Surviving are their children, Carol (James) Rath of Imlay City, Charley Gitzen of Waterford, and Cathy (Dale) McCann of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Kim (Bill) Welch, Jimmy Rath, Michelle El-Zein, Megan (Brian) Gasidlo, Blake and D.J. McCann, Kris-tan, Katelyn and Kasey Gitzen; and six great-grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate the lives of both Bill and Regina will be held on Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the First Congre-. gational Church of Royal Oak, 1314 Northwood Blvd, (corner of Crooks Rd. at Webster), Royal Oak. The family will receive visitors from 10-11 the morning of the memorial. Memorials suggested to In-House Hospice, 24293 Telegraph Rd., Suite 102, Southfield, MI 48034. Arrangements by Kinsey-Garrett Funeral Home, Royal Oak, www.kinsey-garrett.com.
Published in The Daily Tribune on March 2, 2008.
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