Jack Gassensmith of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Odell, IL, beloved of many, passed away peacefully October 4, 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Jack had a great zest for life and was young for his years. He is survived by his partner, Eva Hizo, daughters Jackie Hoffarth (Chris), and Laurie Perry (Darrel), sisters Harriet Smith and Mary Lou Kraus, 6 grandchildren Justen, Austen, Chris, Shannon, Krista, and Cassie and 1 great- grandchild Noah. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday October 6th at 10:00 am at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1954 N. 24th Street, Phoenix.
Kurt P. Gassensmith
I am very sorry to read about Jack’s passing. In 1997 I happened to be on spring break and stayed with a friend in Phoenix. I was messing around and looked in the phone book for anyone named “Gassensmith.” Not thinking I would find any, I found one! I called and Jack answered and talked with me for quite awhile. We talked about family and how we were related. He was very kind and I enjoyed talking with him. I wish I knew this side of my family better, but after talking with him it was nice to know I had found a relative, another member of the Gassensmith family! My prayers are with you and your family. God bless.