Katzenberger, Jack (John)
December 18, 1927 - June 23, 2014
John (Jack) Katzenberger, age 86, of Nokomis, Florida, passed away June 23, 2014. He was born on December 18, 1927 in Greenville, Ohio. He attended Shortridge High School after his family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. Jack went on to graduate from Indiana University where he met his future wife, Gertrude (Trudie) Reif, who preceded him in death in 1975. They had two daughters, Cynthia (Cindy) Tauriainen and Janet Katzenberger. Cindy, her husband Eugene and their three children (Chris, Mike and Stacey) and their families, all live in the Detroit area. Janet and her children (Laura Mahon and Jeremy Griner) and their families all live in the Atlanta area.
Jack was a long-time employee of Amoco Oil, relocating with the company from Indianapolis, to Detroit, then Atlanta, and finally to Kansas City, Missouri. In 1984 Jack decided to retire and he and his long-time partner, Dan Sheehy, built their dream house in Nokomis, Florida. Jack was a very active member of the Gulf Coast Men’s chorus, and enjoyed needlepoint and sewing. He taught himself to sew and the beautiful vests he made were his signature pieces. Jack was a gracious gentleman, who was an excellent father and partner, and a wonderful and caring friend.
Survivors also include 5 great-grandchildren, several generations of nieces and nephews, and numerous long-time friends. His family plans a celebration of his life at his home in July. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) or to Tidewell Hospice (Tidewell.org).