JOHN L. HITZEL, 79, of Port Charlotte, Florida died Monday, April 17, 2017 at Bayfront Health-Port Charlotte.
John was born June 26, 1937 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania to the late Joseph and Edith Hitzel. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and retired after many years of service with the Architect of the United States Capitol as Food Service Manager. He moved to Port Charlotte in 2001 from Edgewater, Maryland. John served as the Treasurer of the Charlotte County Republican Party Executive Committee prior to his illness.
Survived by his loving family, his wife, Alberta Hitzel of Port Charlotte; three daughters, Bonnie Gibbs of Owings, MD, Toni Browning of Edgewater, MD and Vickey Petrillo of Port Charlotte; three sons, Joseph Petrillo of Salisbury, MD, Albert Petrillo of Port Charlotte and John Bode of Mass.; a brother, Joseph Hitzel of Garden city, NJ; 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Only one of his grandchildren lived with him, Stevie Bowser he was her HERO!!!! He was very loved by so many people and was one of the greatest guys anyone could ever meet.
Memorial services celebrating John’s life will be held Tuesday 2:00 PM, April 25, 2017 at Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel. Rev. J. Ralph Burton, Jr. will officiate. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.