New London - Norma (Levy) Spitz, formerly of 17 Henderson Road, New London, recently of Greentree Nursing Home, Waterford, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.
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Mrs. Spitz was raised in New Haven, daughter of Edward and Anne Levy, where she attended the famous Worthington Hooker Grammar School. She went on to graduate from Hillhouse High School. Edward Levy invented burglar and fire alarm systems that he built into a thriving business with Norma's older brother Herbert.
After graduation from high school, Mrs. Spitz worked at Yale Medical School. There she met a medical student, Hilliard Spitz, who quickly fell in love with the lovely young woman. Hilliard went off to World War II as a medical officer and Norma worked for Internal Affairs, Washington DC. They were married Dec. 1944, and lived 63 rewarding years together until Dr. Spitz died in Dec. 2007. In the 1950s, Mrs. Spitz was the happy mother of three sons, an active member of her Jewish social community, and the organizer and maintainer of the home, while Dr. Spitz worked as a devoted physician.
From an early age, Mrs. Spitz was an enthusiastic pianist. She studied classical piano throughout grade and high school. In these early years she decided that she wanted to be a piano teacher. After raising three sons, Mrs. Spitz fulfilled this dream, becoming a beloved piano teacher for over two decades. Her commitment to piano music and her students was exemplified by the two grand pianos in her living room, which allowed her and students to play duets and other concert music within her home. Her enthusiasm for music prompted her to be an active participant in the New London classical music community.
Mrs. Spitz is survived by her three sons, Steven J. Spitz and his wife, Cynthia Ingols, of Cambridge, Mass., David H. Spitz and his wife Diane DiGennaro, of Harwich Port, Mass. and their children, Hannah and Jacob Spitz, and Robert M. Spitz and his wife, Judith (Moreland) Spitz, of Waterford and their sons, Andrew, Benjamin and his wife, Yuri (Maita) Spitz, and Todd.
The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Congregation Beth El, 660 Ocean Ave., New London. Burial will follow in Beth El Cemetery, Groton. Memorial observances will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, Monday, Nov. 19, and Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at the home of Robert and Judith Spitz, 58 Gallup Lane, Waterford, .
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Spitz memory may be made to the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra or Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
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Published in The Day on Nov. 17, 2012