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Gerald "Big Wit" Witry

Gerald “Big Wit” Witry, 83, of Hickory Hills, died Oct. 23 at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Visitation was held Oct. 26 at Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills. A funeral Mass was held Oct. 27 at St. Patricia Church in Palos Hills. Interment was at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Worth.

Mr. Witry is survived by his wife, Joan; his daughters, Brenda Witry, Laura Bailey and Juliana Merkle; his son, Matthew Witry; his close family friend, Daniel Welch; his sisters, Doreen Sanders and Loretta Cosgrove; and seven grandchildren.

Mr. Witry was born in Chicago. He worked as a salesman. He was a Little All-American football player at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He was drafted by the then-Chicago Cardinals of the NFL, and was also a member of the Chicago 16-inch Softball Hall of Fame.