Geneva lost one of its most successful and beloved Third Street merchants this week.
Robert L Untiedt, 64, owner Graham’s Chocolates and Graham’s 318 Coffeehouse in Geneva, died Sunday, March 21, in the arms of his wife, Beckie, after a yearlong battle with cancer.
Unteidt was a Geneva icon and an American success story, but his route to business success was not conventional.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education from Northern Illinois University and began his career as a high school band director and teacher at Forest View.
He played music all over the Chicago area with several bands, notably JP & the Katz, PF Fliers, and Bonita Dreams.
But he made his mark in business, creating Graham’s Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream in Geneva and Wheaton, and Graham’s 318 Coffee House in Geneva.
“He never met a stranger,” his obituary said. “He loved and struck up conversations with anyone he bumped into and loved to chat with customers and fellow business owners.”
He and Beckie led praise services at St Mark’s Lutheran Church for over a decade every Sunday, and participated in services at Christ Community, both in St Charles. He also served on the board of directors at the State Bank of Geneva and Retail Confectioner’s International.
Untiedt is survived by his wife, Beckie Untiedt neé Harm, daughters Jayni (Matt) Wunderlich, Maddi (Jarrett) Smith. Sisters, Susan (Terry) Klatt, Bonita Untiedt, Twin Sister-in-law, Bonnie (Rick) Pechous, grandchildren Lainey, Sloane, and Cullen, and many in-laws, nephews and nieces, and a huge Graham’s Family of Employees that spans over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Harvey and Helen (Graham) Untiedt.
Visitation will be open to the public (with masks required to attend) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 26, at Christ Community Church, 37W100 Bolcum Road, St. Charles.
There will be a private memorial service for the family immediately following the visitation. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Bob’s memory may be made to TriCity Family Services at tricityfamilyservices.org, or Lazarus House at lazarushouse.net.
The family requests privacy at this time and thanks everyone for their understanding and love for Bob, Graham’s and his family.
SOURCE: Graham’s Chocolates news release, obituary