George was born to Paul and Anna (Kanuch) in Cherry, Illinois on April 24, 1921. The family
moved to Joliet, Illinois where George attended school. He served in WWII with the Army from
October 29, 1942 – October 22, 1945. He was involved in the battles and campaigns in
Northern France, Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. His decorations and
citations included a European-Africa-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with Silver Battle Star, 1
Service Stripe, and three Oversees Service Bars, and a good Conduct Medal.
After the war, he returned to Illinois to work at the Joliet Steel Mill until retirement. George
was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening. He was a member of the VFW in Joliet for
many years and numerous other organizations. He was a faithful Christian and read from the
Bible every day. He attended Church in Lockport, Illinois, then in Mesa at Central Christian
Church (Mesa Campus) and later at North Mesa Baptist. While in Overgaard during the
summers, he attended First Baptist Church.
In 1953, George married Vernie Mae Ball (Pittenger). She was the love of his life. They
resided in Joliet for many years and later they both relocated to Mesa, AZ for health reasons.
Vernie Mae went to the Lord on January 29, 2010. George remained in Mesa, AZ to be with
family and lived there until his passing.
George was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Tom and John Mudroch, his wife
Vernie Mae, and son-in-law Ken Cantile. He is survived by his daughter, Diane Cantile (Ball),
his grandsons Kevin (wife Patti Cantile) and Jeff Cantile, great-grandchildren Brady Cantile,
Austin Carpenter, and Emma Carpenter, numerous nieces and nephews, and many loving
The family wants to thank the loving care of Tony and Marie and staff at Mesa Elder Care.
They also are grateful to Hospice of the West.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Central Christian Church of the EV (Mesa
Campus), or North Mesa Baptist Church, in George's memory.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Falconer Funeral Home. George will be buried
at the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek, AZ.