Willi O. Kitz April 25, 1935 ~ October 8, 2016 Born in Rheydt Germany. Survived WWII and the loss of both parents by age 14. Cared for by his surviving older sister, Thea Heinen, until the age of 19 when he immigrated to San Francisco and was hired as a master typewriter technician for a major manufacturer. Dad met our Mom, Barbara in the mid 1950's and they shared many a dance. They were married Oct 22nd 1960 and were devoted to each other for all their 49 years together. Dad and Mom (d.2009), were a great team. Dad was the silliness to Mom's seriousness and he could always bring a hearty laugh. Dad took a big leap as a young man when he purchased E&M Office Machine Co in San Francisco, which he successfully owned and operated for 40 years with the help of our Mom Barbara and later son Charlie. All of the customers loved our Dad. He greeted everyone with a warm smile and a joke to tell. His sincerity and incredible work ethic was apparent in all he did. Dad was recognized as an expert in his field and was the subject of several feature print and television stories revolving around his fascinating and successful career and the variety of customers he served. Dad's hobby was his work and his family. These things seemed to bring him great joy. Anyplace could be Dad's dance floor and he could swing you around like nobody's business. Many Sunday's were spent with family at the Touristen House in Marin having ein Brat, ein Beer und ein Polka. He was a fabulous storyteller and would always pepper his stories with a joke or two that kept you wanting more. He was defined by his integrity, humor and loyalty. A loving man, whose spirit could not be broken, even in the face of adversity. He had an incredible knowledge of anything to do with WWII and was always willing to share a quick history lesson. His own time served in the US Army in the late 50's was the source of some incredible comradery and fabulous stories. He was a loving and devoted father to Charlie (Lisa), Anthony (Kim Ford) and Suzanne Rohlfes (Chris). He was an adoring Opa to seven grandchildren, Max, Lindsey, Madison, Anika, Katrina, Erika and Bobby. Dad was a kid at heart and enjoyed the simple things in life. He finally succumbed to dementia/Alzheimer's which he had struggled with for the last 12 years. This disease was never able to rob him of his gentle nature. He was a trooper until the end. Like our mother, Dad was cared for unconditionally in the comfort of his own home by his caregiver Nisa and her family for which we are eternally grateful. We find peace in knowing Mom and Dad are together again to dance in Heaven. Let the Um Pa Pa music begin! A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday October 21, 2016 at 11AM St. Dunstan's Church at 1133 Broadway in Millbrae. Committal will follow at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Los Altos. For those wishing to donate in our Dad's name please give to The Alzheimer's Foundation of America 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl. New York, NY 10001.
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