Laura M. Neitz (1933 - 2014)

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Laura M. Neitz
FT. BELVOIR, VA - Mrs. Laura M. Neitz passed peacefully into the arms of her heavenly Father on November 6 at the age of 81. There she will be welcomed by family members who predeceased her, especially her beloved son, Larry Neitz, her husband of 59 years, Bob Neitz and her parents, Walter and Mary Krzaczek.
Laura, born on March 4, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA, was an artist in many ways but was an especially talented watercolor and oil painter. Her many depictions of nature -endangered birds, exotic flowers, a raging ocean and other outdoor scenes, exhibited her sensitivity to and appreciation of the beauty in everything. She donated her time to teach art classes to neighborhood children as well as mentally disabled adults. She was also a gifted writer, photographer, interior decorator, pianist and singer.
Laura's longest and most successful career was raising and loving her three children, Ginny (Robb) Mulberger of Alexandria, VA, Carol (Frank) Mondschein of Aiken, SC and Larry, formerly of Burke, VA, and loving and supporting her husband Bob (Brig. Gen. Robert Neitz, USAF, ret.) through his military career and other assorted ventures. She also derived special joy from her three grandchildren, Katie and John Mulberger and Ryan Mondschein. She was a loving sister to Joe (Brenda) Krzaczek of Huntingdon Valley, PA and Bill (Beth) Krzaczek of Port St. Lucie, FL and a warm and loving cousin, aunt and friend to many.
Laura earned her B.A. degree from the State University of New York (SUNY). She most enjoyed her work for the US Department of Defense as a Pentagon Public Affairs officer where she received many accolades for her writing and professionalism. She also produced her own radio program, "Loves Theme", for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service; entertaining troops overseas.
While Laura and her husband were stationed on Guam where he was the territory's first Adjutant General, she became the Bureau Chief for the Stars and Stripes newspaper; working both as a reporter and photographer. Other career endeavors included her interior decorating business for Tradewind Resorts, a company she and her husband developed and ran along with their son, Larry in St. Thomas, USVI. During all of these as well as other career paths and volunteer experiences, Laura was appreciated by her colleagues not only for her professionalism and skills, but also for her warm and lively personality.
In her spare time, Laura enjoyed vacationing with her family, tennis, waterskiing, snow skiing and scuba diving. She particularly enjoyed diving among the Pacific coral reefs with a close group of friends on Guam. Laura will always be remembered by family and friends as a beautiful and classy lady with a kind, loving, sweet and sensitive soul and a fun-loving and adventuresome spirit.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 21st at 11:00 AM at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 323 South Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall of the church. Burial will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Online tributes to Laura can be made at everlywheatley.com. The family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be directed to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at cbf.org.
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Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
(703) 998-9200
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Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on Nov. 16, 2014
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