UPDATE: Man dies after last wish granted

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Updated: April 24, 2017

UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The man whose final wish was to return to the Coronado Performing Arts Center, a place where he had his first job at fifteen years old, has passed away.

Charles Lutzow died Saturday night, just 48 hours after his visit to the Coronado when he received a tour of the entire theater including spaces he had never been to like the owner’s apartment.

Lutzow’s family says he was surrounded by all of his loved ones at the time of his passing. He was 78.

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Posted: April 20, 2017

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Being with our loved ones in their last days is important but to make their final wish come true is extremely rewarding and today a local man was granted his unique final wish at the Coronado theater.

Charles Lutzow is able to relive some long forgotten memories that he calls some of the happiest in his life. Lutzow started working at the Coronado in the 1950s while it was a movie theater. He is in hospice and said his final wish was to return to the Coronado where he had his first job as 15 years old Lutzow got his wish and entered the theater for the first time after more than 50 years.

“I enjoyed the theater. I always did like going to the movies, and this way I get to see the movies for nothing,” says Charles Lutzow.

Lutzow received a tour of the entire theater including spaces he had never been to such as the theater owner’s apartment still decorated from the 1950s. The trip was extra special for Lutzow as he was accompanied by his daughter that was given up at birth and he was reunited with less than five years ago.