Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Grace H. Nitz
August 1, 1928 - March 7, 2019 (Age 90)
Orange, CA
Service: March 22, 2019
Grace H. Nitz
Grace Nitz was called home to the Lord on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the age of 90 in Orange, California.
She was born on August 1, 1928 to Martin and Milda (née Frenz) Wetzel and was made a child of God through baptism on August 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, Wisconsin. Having attended Lutheran school during her grade school years, she was confirmed in the faith. After graduating from Lutheran High School in Milwaukee in 1946, she continued to work as a secretary in the city.
Later, she became secretary to the president of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon where she met her future husband, Frederic Nitz. They were married August 1, 1948, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Lord blessed them with five children: Gloria, Daniel, James, Margaret, and Jonathan.
Grace took great joy in following the conviction expressed by Ruth (1:6) “Where you go, I will go...”. The Lord led them to serve churches in Whiteriver and Cibecue, Arizona; Hendricks, Minnesota and Arco, South Dakota; Cochrane, Cream, and Buffalo City, Wisconsin; New Ulm, Minnesota; and Sun City, Arizona. In retirement, they moved to Watertown, Wisconsin where they were members at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Following her husband’s death in 2002, Grace continued to live in Watertown until 2010 when she moved to California to live with her daughter, Gloria and husband, Jerry Sydow.
Grace is survived by her children: Gloria (Jerry) Sydow of Garden Grove, California, Pastor Daniel (Mary) Nitz of Beatrice, Nebraska, Margaret (Mark) Metz of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and Jonathan (Stephanie) Nitz of West Allis, Wisconsin; her grandchildren: Vicki (Scott) Sage, Adam (Cara) Nitz, Amy (Dr. Derek) Weichel,Pastor Aaron (Katie) Nitz, Amanda (Nicholas) Henning, Eric Metz, Joshua Nitz, Caleb (Katie) Nitz, and Marah Nitz; her nineteen great-grandchildren with another great-grandson due in July; her brothers, Wilmer (Arleen) Wetzel of Freistadt, Wisconsin, and Oliver, Wetzel of Libertyville, Illinois; her brother-in-law, pastor Marcus (Mickie) Nitz of Placentia, California, and sister-in-law Carol Nitz of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frederic, her son, James, and her sister, Marion Bittorf.
Services will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 615 Jones St., Watertown, Wisconsin, at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019. Family and friends may gather at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be given to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or Native American Mission. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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