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Obituary: Stephen “Randy” Randolph Gretz

June 12, 1941 – January 25, 2023

Information provided by Smits Funeral Home

Stephen "Randy" Randolph GretzStephen Randolph “Randy” Gretz, age 74, of South Holland, IL formerly of East Hampton, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 21, 2023, in Chicago, IL. Beloved husband of Patricia Paarlberg. Loving father of Laura (Kyle) Cassidy, Stephen Randolph Gretz Jr., James Paul Gretz; and step-father of Brittany Duncan, Catriona Duncan, Peter (Tamara) Paarlberg Stevens, and Andrew Paarlberg Stevens. Cherished grandfather of Theodora Duncan, Theodore Stevens, and Keira Cassidy. Dear brother of Bill (Helen) Gretz, Rick (Inge) Gretz, and Libby (Randy) Blank. Preceded in death by his parents William and Janice (nee Dobson) Gretz and his first wife Connie Gretz.

Randy was a graduate of The Nichols School ’66 (Buffalo, NY), Trinity College ’70 (Hartford, CT), and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania ’72 (Philadelphia, PA), having served as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch in both New York City and Chicago, IL, for over 45 years. Randy was also a longtime member of The Maidstone Club and Devon Yacht Club, as well as a generous benefactor of the East Hampton Library.

Visitation, Friday, February 3, 2023, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Yardley & Pino Funeral Home, 94 Pantigo Road, East Hampton NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Most Holy Trinity Parish, 79 Buell Lane, East Hampton, NY. Burial services to follow at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery and a reception to be held in the Baldwin Room of the East Hampton Library. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to the East Hampton Library or the East Hampton Healthcare Association. Local arrangements by Smits Funeral Home – South Holland, IL. For further information, please contact 708-333-7000 or visit our online guestbook and obituary at

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