Zimmerman & Sandeman Funeral Homes

5200 W 95Th St, Oak Lawn, IL


Billy W. Joritz Jr.

July 24, 1970October 24, 2019
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Billy W. Joritz Jr., age 49; Beloved husband of Danielle Joritz (nee Ott); Loving father of Amanda (Cory) Catalani and Lily Joritz; Proud son of Bill and the late Linda Joritz (nee Aitken); Dear brother of Scott Joritz and Stacie (John) Gary; Fond uncle of Kaycee, Jackson, Carter and Bennett; Kind nephew and cousin of many; Loving friend of Dawn Fisher. Member of Local 150.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.zimmermansandeman.com for the Joritz family.


  • Visitation Wednesday, October 30, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • Interment Thursday, October 31, 2019


Billy W. Joritz Jr.

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Dawn Fisher

November 16, 2019

I was 12 years old when I met Billy and he was 13. We worked together at Ken’s Guest House. My first job, I was a salad girl and he was a bus boy. I thought he was the cutest and coolest boy ever and I’m pretty sure he was! We were “first loves” and although our lives took us on different paths, I never stopped loving him or thinking about him for 35 years. As fate had it, God brought Billy back into my life and I was beyond blessed to spend the the last year and a half of his life with him. I’m so incredibly grateful to have had that time with Billy and to have been able to be there for him through his illness up until the moment he took his last breathe. My life without him will never be the same.

I love you Billy, with all of my heart and soul. Until we meet again...

Always & Forever,

Chris Swistek

November 6, 2019

My heart goes out to Bills family first/foremost!
God bless Danielle and Lily😢
We had some great times growing up and I was fortunate enough to spend some time with him this past summer in Minooka! To see how an old friend leaves this world at a age that’s way to young is just a real wake up call to everyone of us to just think about how precious life is especially when young children are involved.
We had a few last laughs this year Bill, not knowing it was truly our last meeting/laughs😟
Rest In Peace Bill, your in the best place now!
God Bless/rest your soul!
Chris Swistek

Michael Agee

November 1, 2019

Bill was one of the first guys I met @ Covington, I was 7 years old. We had some hard fights in that sandbox. I think I still am concussed from it, but we always were friends in the end. He had some of the best tonka toys and a great smile. The world will miss you Bill.

Jodi & Bill Dzak

October 31, 2019

Billy J was a crazy good friend! Had a lot laughs with you man. RIP Billy 🙏🙏

Our condolences to you Danielle , kids & family.

Paul Hennessy

October 30, 2019

Grew up with Billy, from Covington to OLCHS. We spent a lot of time hanging out at Billy’s house. Very sad he has passed. What a great guy.

Larry Pierog

October 30, 2019

To the Joritz family. I did not know Billy personally. I worked with Bill at Tootsie Roll for many years. I want to express my sadness at the loss of one of your family member. No parent should experience the loss of a child no matter what age he or she may be. Please accept my condolences at the passing of your loved one.

Larry Pierog

Bob ODonnell

October 29, 2019

We are all remembering Billy and wishing you comfort in your loss. You probably know this to some degree but i remember Billy as someone that would always take things to the next level:
When we would play block chase, Billy was the first one to hide on people's roofs. We could never find him.
One time the topic of hide and seek came up and he said something like I bet you can't find me. I lost that bet. He somehow managed to make his way into our attic without a ladder!
When we were in 7th grade, he would date 8th grade girls and not even get beat up by the 8th grade boys because everybody loved him.
I have lots of memories of Billy but what i remember most was no matter who you were, or where you came from, you were always welcomed into the Joritz home. He will truly be missed.

Dana Rock

October 28, 2019

He was a great friend to be surrounded with when I lived in Minooka. Always, felt welcomed at house parties and a joy to be around. Myself born in Blue Island he recommend Louisa’s pizza one of his favorites. I will always cherish the enjoyable moments💙🙏.

Francine "Frankie" Butler

October 28, 2019

Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your father, brother, husband, uncle, relative and friend.
I wish everyone who loved Billy, Peace and Grace through the coming times.

I will always remember meeting Billy at "the Big Basin", first weekend after moving here and first week of Bears football. He was funny, kind, generous and my first friend here. ...
You will be missed by many. ...Peace and Rest, Francine Butler

Bryan Van Dyck ( formerly Dunn)

October 28, 2019

Met Billy when I came from Brandt in 6th grade and we became fast friends, realizing we lived only a block apart. I had never rode dirt bikes or snowmobiles until I met Billy, and he introduced me to his toys. Our friendship grew over the years and our circle of friends became even closer. From 6th grade into our early 20's our group of friends spent a lot of time together, went through a lot of things together, and were there for each other. Then as we settled into our lives we didn't see each other as much, with wives, kids, work, and distance between us, but when we did we'd pick right up where we left off. Growing up I loved hanging out at the Joritz's because you were treated like family right away. I'll never forget those times in our lives, and although Billy has gone on to a better place, his memory will live on through us that knew him, and knew he loved life, and knew he'd do anything for anyone who needed him. Rest in peace my brother, until we meet again.