2017-03-09 / Obituaries

Jean Nitz


Jean Nitz Jean Nitz Jean Ruth Nitz, 85, formerly of St. Ignace, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana, where she had recently resided in an assisted living home.

She was born January 2, 1932, in Portland, Oregon. She was proud to be on Oregonian, and later a Michigander (but never a Hoosier). She attended Valparaiso University, where she met and married Robert Nitz in 1952. While being a full-time mother, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kent State University in 1972, and also a master’s degree in education from Western Michigan University in 1976. Mrs. Nitz taught language arts to seventh and eighth grade students at Gobles School District in Michigan. She retired in 1994, and then moved from Kalamazoo to St. Ignace with her husband.

Mrs. Nitz served as a board member of the St. Ignace Public Library. She served as a volunteer at Gros Cap School, the food bank, blood drives, the hospital, and pretty much any opportunity or anything she was asked to do. A true teacher, she led life by example, and she will be missed.

A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, her family said, Mrs. Nitz was also a lifelong learner and avid reader. She enjoyed painting, coloring books, music, and all the activities at Better Day Club. She loved plays, musicals, concerts, and the outdoors. She was interested in cuisine and food, and she would base her experience at an event on the type and quality of the meal served. She was quick with a one-liner that would catch one off guard and make them laugh. Mrs. Nitz was full of life and laughter, her family said, with gratitude and appreciation of others.

She is survived by three children and their families, Laurie Eynon, JulieAnne Nitz-Weiss and her husband, Mark Weiss, and Gary Nitz; her former daughter-in-law, Kimberly Nowack, and three grandchildren, Alissa Weiss, Jared Weiss, and Angela Nowack. She is also survived by a sister, Maxine Lillie, and a brother-in-law, Albert Schumann,

Mrs. Nitz was preceded in death by her husband, Robert, who died in 2000; two siblings, William Kolke and Elaine Schumann, and a brother-in-law, Robert Lillie.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at The Funeral Chapel of Powell and Deckard in Bloomington. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to time of the service.

A second celebration will be held in St. Ignace later this spring, with the date, time, and location to be announced later.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Better Day Club Scholarship Fund or Friends of the St. Ignace Public Library.

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