Kathleen "Kathy" Reitz



On June 24, 2008 Kathleen (Kathy) Reitz, died of ovarian cancer at her home. Her son and husband were by her side. She was born in Watertown, N.Y. to Colonel Roland J. Meeker and Mayme (DiCola) Meeker. Kathleen graduated from US High School in Heidelberg, Germany, and attended St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, Ind., and Indiana University at Bloomington, Ind.



On November 13, 1965 at Waveland, Miss., she married Samuel (Sam) Reitz. In 1978, the couple and their son, David moved to Medford, Ore. In Medford they owned and operated Black Oak Woodworks, an Antiques and Furniture Restoration business.



Kathleen was born into a military family at the beginning of World War II. Through her early adult life she seldom lived in one place or community for more than a few years. After only one visit to southern Oregon, she finally found a place to put down roots. Kathy loved Oregon. She cherished and appreciated her life in Medford, especially the many friends she made in this community.



Kathleen was an enthusiastic supporter of the Rogue Valley Symphony. She was a 25 year member of the Rogue Valley Symphony Guild, which included serving two terms as president. Kathleen was also a member of the Jackson County Community Concerts Association and held the office of Association President. More recently her attention has been directed towards helping women primarily through her membership in the Rogue Starlight Soroptimist Club.



In her immediate family, Kathleen is survived by her mother of La Grange, Ga.; her husband; and son, both of Medford; her brothers, John and his wife, Ursula of La Grange, Ga., and Frank and his wife, Debra of Palm Coast, Fla.



A service in her memory will be held at the New Jacksonville Presbyterian Church at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2008. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Rogue Starlight Soroptimist Club, P.O. Box 641, Medford, OR 97501.

For Directions to the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church go to their website: jvillepres.org or call the church at 899-1287.