Donald E. Recht

Donald E. Recht, age 80, of Michigan City, IN. formerly of Berwyn.  Beloved husband of Mary Ann Recht, nee Galanis; dear father of Donald A. (Joyce) Recht, Paul S. Recht, Elizabeth (Leslie) Recht-Johnson and Suzanne R. (Tony) Soluri; fond grandfather of Rachael R. Recht, W. Max Recht, Sophia R. Soluri and Isabella V. Soluri; dear brother of Joanne A. (John) Burns; uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Visitation Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 3 PM to 8 PM and Thursday, December 5, 2013, 10:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home, Ltd., 9445 W. 31st St., Brookfield.  Funeral Thursday 11 A.M. Memorials appreciated to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 4002018, Des Moines, IA. 50340-2018. Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Gregory Slawko condolence:

    One of the most thoughtful and honest men I’ve ever known.Affectionate with an incredible sense of humor, all traits I see in the rest of his family as well. A family that I am proud and honored to have as friends.Donald, you will be missed. My deepest love and sympathy to the Recht family.

  2. Linda and Steve Esser condolence:

    Marianne and all of your wonderful family, our hearts go out to you in your loss. May Jesus wrap you in his arms. Know that he is with you.

  3. Julie Sanders condolence:

    The death of a Father, one of the most earth shattering times in life.It is especially painful when the person is so very special..warm,loving, and faithful like Don. God be with you and your lovely family.

  4. Günter und Jutta Reis, Stade condolence:

    Dear Maryanne,
    We were very saddened to hear from David that Donnie has passed away. We are very sorry for you, and we wanted in the manor to send our condolences and share your grief. Our thoughts are with you and the family at this difficult time. We fondly remember the hours we spent together here in Stade. Of the supper together, the (limited) conversation and good wine, we enjoyed the time we got to know you. Dear Maryanne, Guenter and I liked and respected Donnie very much. For the next few days, we wish you strength and confidence and send our love from the bottom of our hearts.
    Heartfelt hugs from us both,
    Guenter and Jutta

  5. Dolores and Donald Register condolence:

    Marianne and family, Dolores and I are deeply saddened at the news of Don’s death. You know how much we love you two and the fun we’ve had over the last 38 years. We love you, have enjoyed participating in many memorable events in the lives of family members and want to be supportive in whatever ways we can.

  6. Scott May condolence:

    I remember Mr. Recht as a kind and humorous man. He owned the little news/candy stand we frequented as kids. I also knew his son Don form School Band. Our condolences to the Recht Family.

  7. Roy & Sue condolence:

    It is difficult to imagine the world (our world) without Don. He lived life fully and in his own way which should be an inspiration to all of us! He was kind and generous and a wonderful friend. To our dear friend Marianne, our deepest love and sympathy. We can not begin to imagine your sorrow at losing your best friend . We love you and will always always be there for you. Our condolences to your wonderful family as well. Susie and Roy

  8. Robyne Recht condolence:

    Don fought the good fight, he has finished the race, and kept the faith. He is now in a place with no more suffering, only peace.

    He was always a kind and respectful man to me, he will be very missed.

    My love to the family at this sad time.

  9. Sue and Steve Hanson condolence:

    We feel so fortunate to have known and enjoyed Don. A wonderful, warm, and special man. Our thoughts are with you all.

  10. Lois Sanders Lavrisa condolence:

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss your beloved Donald. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  11. Bob and Jane Heinrikson condolence:

    Having been close friends with Don and Mary Ann for nearly half a century, Jane and I find it difficult to express in words our appreciation of all that Don meant to us and our sense of loss at his passing. The wonderful memories of our times together will hopefully help compensate in part for the light that has gone out in our lives. We grieve together with Mary Ann and the family, and we send our best love and commitment to continue our friendship in the future.

  12. Loretta Sanders condolence:

    I am sorry for your loss . My heart felt condolences to you and your family.

  13. Jim Howe condolence:

    I only knew Don for a short time. I met him playing tennis in New Buffalo during the warmer months two years ago. He left a very good impression on me with his always positive approach to the game and life. I will miss him. My sympathy to the family’s loss of a wonderful man.

  14. Jeanmarie Tiffin condolence:

    I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Dad Recht and my heart, prayers, and love go out to all of you. Growing up down the block from the Recht family, you all not only became friends to our family but became extended family. He always had that light in his eye that showed his appreciation for life and for everyone that crossed his path. He will be missed and will be remembered.

  15. Norm & Shirley Wagner condolence:

    Mary Ann, when we think of you and Don we are forever in our early 20’s. Our wedding plans kept Anne & Jake busy and we were so happy. We are so sorry for your loss but thankful that you have the love and support of your family. You and Don have always been a blessing to each other.

  16. Diane Hlosta- Volney condolence:

    Dear Recht Family,
    Mr. Recht (as we used to call him), was filled with brightness and enthusiasm for life, when we knew him in Berwyn.
    Although, we have not seen him for many many years, we still feel that his energy went on to his transitioning over to the other side. All family and friends can continue to feel his presence and love.

    In Love and Light,
    Diane Hlosta-Volney
    Rosemarie Hlosta
    Marie Frenden

  17. Kim Oliver Anez condolence:

    I remember Mr. Recht very well from Trinity. I loved your family very much. I found this as I reminisced about my aunt who just passed, Marilyn Schedel Anderson. She loved your family too.

    God be with you all.

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