Noreen M. Neitz, 53, 965 Highland Avenue, Gettysburg, died Wednesday, July 10 at the Gettysburg Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Neitz was born Nov. 13, 1959 in Lackawanna, N.Y. the daughter of Charles and Marie Dillon Hart of Hamburg, NY. Noreen is also survived by her husband of 25 years, Stephen P. Neitz.
Noreen was a very active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where she served as Youth Minister. She also coordinated the youth of the parish to help with cooking at the Gettysburg Soup Kitchen and Sunday Eucharist duties at the Gettysburg Lutheran Home. Mrs. Neitz was a graduate of Cardinal Mindfzenty High School in Dunkirk, NY, and Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. Following school, she accepted a position in the admission office at Le Moyne and later at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in their admission office. After moving to Gettysburg, Noreen was employed at St. Francis Xavier School as Communication Director, and most recently she was also a student advisor at HAAC. Mrs. Neitz was a member of the Gettysburg Civic Choir and a Board member of the Gettysburg Children's Choir. Noreen's focus for most of her life was on the youth of the community and in that capacity she guided many youth in their formative years.
In addition to her parents and husband, Noreen is survived by three children: Sarah Neitz, Laura Neitz, Jack Neitz all of Gettysburg; eight brothers and sisters: Nancy Langer and her husband John of Buffalo, N.Y.; John Hart and his wife Kathleen of Cincinnati, Ohio, Eileen Lonigan and her husband Larry of Lyndonville, N.Y., Sharon Grant of Buffalo, N.Y., Patricia Smith and her husband Gary of Batavia, N.Y., Theresa Dearie and her husband James of Lebanon, Ohio, Robert Hart and his wife Jennifer of Dearborn, Mich., David Hart and his wife Sarah of Webster, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, July 15 at 10 a.m. from St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, High Street, Gettysburg, with Fr. Joshua Brommer, Fr. Bernardo Pistone, Fr. Jonathan Sawicki, Fr. Ignacio Palomino, and Fr. Mark Wilke con-celebrants. Interment will be in the church cemetery. There will be a visitation Sunday afternoon at Monahan Funeral Home in Gettysburg from 3 to 6 p.m. with a Christian Prayer Service at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Francis Xavier School, 445 Table Rock Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. Online obituary and condolences available at monahanfuneralhome.com.