REITZ, ALICE, 94
Gainesville - Alice Reitz, 94, passed away February 4, 2014, in Gainesville, Florida. She was born in Cimarron, Kansas to Howard and Alice Benton on December 18, 1919. She spent her early years in Cimarron and on a wheat farm in Belle Plaine, Kansas. Her future husband lived on the adjacent farm. She experienced both the Dust Bowl and the Depression. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State Teachers College at Pittsburg, Kansas. In 1942, she joined the Women's Army Auxilary Corps, which later became the Women's Army Corps. She was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant and married Herman J. Reitz that same year.
She and her husband moved to Florida in 1946 when he joined the faculty of the University of Florida's Citrus Experiment Station (now the Citrus Research and Education Center) at Lake Alfred. She had diverse interests including family and friends, dancing, travel, and crafts and was active in community life. Dr. and Mrs. Reitz moved to Gainesville in 2005.
Mrs. Reitz was predeceased by her husband of 63 years and is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Reitz of Athens, Georgia, and son Max Reitz of Alachua, Florida.
Memorial services will be announced at a later date; interment will be at the Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the
Arrangements are under the care of Forest Meadows Funeral Homes, 725 NW 23rd Ave, Gainesville, FL 32609, (352)378-2528. Please sign Alice's online guestbook at:
Forest Meadows Funeral Home and Cemeteries
725 NW 23rd Avenue Gainesville, FL 32609
Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014