John Max Autenrieb passed away at age 83 on August 3, 2020 in Leesburg, Florida at the UF Health Leesburg Medical Center due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. Mr. Autenrieb was born on August 28, 1936 in Edwardsville, Illinois to his parents Max and Lydia Autenrieb and is survived by his loving wife of more than 60 years (Lois), 4 sons (Matthew, Vincent, Stephen, & Kenneth), his sister Margarita Pizzini, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter (Yvonne), both parents and two siblings (Fred and Siegfried).
Mr. Autenrieb attended the Rolla School of Engineering after graduating from Edwardsville High and St. Boniface primary schools and married Lois Harmon in February of 1960. He then worked at Max Autenrieb Art Studio where he learned the key skills he would use throughout his career. The Autenriebs moved to Florida in 1975 where John lived a life dedicated to service working as a craftsman and artisan catering primarily to the religious community restoring statues, painting murals, and performing various renovation and beautification efforts for churches throughout Florida. He was an active member of the Roman Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
John retired in 2002 and later moved to Wildwood, Florida in 2006 where he spent his remaining time as a doting grandparent and loving husband. Mr. Autenrieb was a soft spoken, kind hearted, gentle soul that was consistently patient and supportive as father and husband. He was an avid tennis player for most of his life and could often be found on local tennis courts sharing that passion with his children and participating in local tournaments. He also enjoyed music, sports, and attending church. He loved baseball and sang in his church choir.
Mr. Autenrieb will be buried in a private ceremony at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens on August 19, 2020 following a memorial viewing from 9am to 10am at the Baldwin Brothers Funeral Home at 3990 E FL-44 Suite 105, Wildwood, FL 34785. Please contact the funeral home at (352) 205-4210 with questions. A memorial video is available for viewing on YouTube by clicking on the following link: https://youtu.be/w2yTU1YT5Hs (or copy and paste into your browser). Thank you.