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E. James "Jim" Konitzer

September 29, 1932 ~ May 25, 2023 (age 90) 90 Years Old


E. James “Jim” Konitzer, 90, of Colona, IL, passed away at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House-Bettendorf, IA, surrounded by his loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 2, 2023, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Colona with Fr. Peter Zorjan officiating. Visitation will be held for family only. He will be laid to rest at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory-Geneseo Chapel are assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be made in his name to Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at Condolences can be left at

Jim was born on September 29, 1932, in Perryville, MO, the son of Otto and Lydia (Pecaut) Konitzer Sr. He married the love of his life Carole Knight on June 22, 1957, and she survives. Jim served in the United States Army and was very proud to serve his country. He worked as an electrician at John Deere for 32 years. Jim enjoyed fishing, boating, golfing, and doing anything he could to be outside. He loved his view of the Rock River from the house. He was a member at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for 34 years serving on the men’s club.

Those left to cherish his memory are wife, Carole Konitzer, children; Lynn (Dave) Wargo of Washington, IL, Janet (Bill) Peterson of Taylor Ridge, IL, and John (Lynn) Konitzer of Cottage Grove, MN, 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Kay Konitzer, brother, Otto Konitzer Jr. and sisters; Phyllis Comp and Lois Leemans.

Special thanks to the staff Liberty Village of Geneseo and Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.



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Funeral Mass
June 2, 2023

10:00 AM
St. Patrick Catholic Church
201 1st Street
Colona, IL 61241


Rock Island National Cemetery
Building 118, Rock Island Arsenal
Rock Island, IL 61265


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