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Elizabeth Platz

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Elizabeth Platz, 77, of Alamogordo, passed over to God at 3:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008, at Betty Dare Nursing Home after having endured a series of strokes that led to her rapid decline. Skilled and loving hospice palliative care allowed her to pass over to the other side peacefully, without pain and in her sleep.
Elizabeth Platz was born in Springfield, Minn., on April 13, 1931. She was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Platz. She had 13 brothers and sisters, three of which are now deceased. Most of the Platz family still resides in Minnesota.
Elizabeth distinguished herself early by being the first child in her family to graduate from college. She became an exceptionally skilled and loving elementary school teacher who worked with children in Chicago. She taught for a time in the states of Arkansas and Minnesota. She was one of those empathic, loving teachers who could bring healing to young children who were suffering emotional wounds and neglect.
Children who felt like lost souls were drawn to her because of her therapeutic and loving, gentle nature.
Having been inspired by the possibility of becoming a psychotherapist, Elizabeth entered the Alfred Adler Institute of Minnesota. The Alfred Adler Institute was essentially a psychoanalytic training center, based upon the theory of Adler, rather than of Freud. Elizabeth Platz graduated from the Adler Institute on May 18, 1983. The very next day she eloped with her new husband, Cal Bolinder, Ph.D., whom she met at the institute.
The two have been together until Elizabeth's passing. Elizabeth elected to keep her maiden name - her professional name - after the marriage. Following the Adler graduation Elizabeth entered St. Mary's University in Minneapolis, where she earned a master's degree in counseling and psychology.
Not until she moved with her husband to Albuquerque did she begin her therapeutic practice, working with wounded children. She dearly loved this work, which she continued until her retirement in 1996; she moved with her spouse to Alamogordo that same year. Since then she has done volunteer work for CHiNS (Children in Need of Services), for the Chamber of Commerce and for the Tularosa Basin Historical Society Museum. One of her most treasured experiences was being part of the Open Book Reading Group. Run like a graduate school seminar in literature, it began at the Open Book Bookstore.
Elizabeth Platz is survived by her brothers and sisters in Minnesota, and by her husband, Cal Bolinder, Ph.D., LPCC.
As per Elizabeth's request, her body will be cremated and there will be no formal funeral services. Memorial contributions may be made to CHiNS and/or to HOSPICE, two wonderful organizations Elizabeth strongly supported.
The family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home. Cremation will take place locally at PCS.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Dec. 5 to Dec. 23, 2008
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