Vera Reitz

Vera Reitz

Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Vera Reitz - 89 born in Konigsberg, Prussia on November 6, 1930 and longtime resident of Middletown, NJ died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday morning August 18, 2020. While her passing is a sad day for us all, she will be remembered for her kind heart and generous soul. Vera was always quick to compliment people telling them they “look like a movie star” leaving smiles and the fondest of memories for many who knew her.

As a single mother, with her 6-year-old daughter in tow, Vera immigrated to the US through Ellis Island on February 10, 1962 in search of a better life. Vera earned her American Dream, through hard work and determination – creating opportunities for her growing family while working as a waitress until age 65.

Her first few years in New York were spent learning English, making friends and caring for her two daughters, Silvia and Karen, who she loved deeply.

Through her daughters, Vera’s family grew to include 4 grandchildren Krissy, Mark, Kevin and Hunter and 5 great grandchildren Drew, Christian, James, Charlie and Maddison.

Vera’s many passions later in life included knitting, scratch off tickets, listening to German folk music, watching classic movies and spending time with her daughters and her family. Her family looked forward to Strawberry Waffles with her at IHOP and her German accented laugh.

A memorial service will be planned once safe for family and friends to gather. Vera will be laid to rest at Fairview Cemetery in Middletown, NJ on Friday August 21st after a virtual and limited visitation ceremony at Evergreen that morning.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, August 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
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  • Interment

    Fair View Cemetery
    456 RT 35
    RED BANK, NJ 07701
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Private Condolence

Karen Decker

Posted at 03:49pm
She passed away in her sleep peacefully. She is with Jesus now. We should be celebrating Mom's life. She now has pure life eternal. This makes the death of her body just a step in the process of God creating perfection in her resurrected spirit which will be complete when the Lord comes back after the tribulation.

She has been put out of her misery and is happier than ever living with Christ. She feels no more pain, no more sadness, no more worrying about anything now.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV
But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Mom always had a lot of love in her heart. Her very last words to everyone was "I love you." Mom would give you her very last dollar and the coat off her back if someone needed it. My Mom gave my Sister and I all she could.

Some of my most fondest memories are when my Mom would pick me up after kindergarten in her uniform because she could only work a half day because I needed to be watched and my Sister was in school. Mom would take me to the playground during those times, and we would sit and have liverwurst sandwiches, and she would smile at me. She was so beautiful.

I remember her taking me to Playland almost every time she had some time off. We had the best times there. She would bring sandwiches and we would go on the rides, swim in the ocean, the pool and eat ice cream there. She always smelled of baby oil. I love the smell of baby oil.

She would take me to Radio City Music Hall every chance she could get for the plays, musicals and to see the Rockets especially during Christmas just to be sure we had culture in our lives. I'm cultured because of my Mom.

Mom would take me to the movies, and just prior would stop and get a whole chicken and French bread and stuff it in her purse. We would sit in the balconies so we didn't get caught, and she would rip off pieces of chicken and bread for me and we would eat and enjoy the movies together. Those were the best times. We loved each other so much.

My Mom brought us up in the church. If it weren't for her spiritual guidance, I may not be a true Christian today. I'm so grateful to her for helping me to see God as my first Love. My Mom prayed with me to receive Christ, and I know where she is now. She's just not with us anymore.

2 Corinthians 5:1-8 ESV
For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

My Mom always gave of herself to her family and friends. Everything she had she would give it just so folks would be happy. She was a very selfless person. I miss the Mom I used to know.

I love you Mom.

Virginia Daggett Posted at 02:45pm

Our sympathy to you, Karen and Sylvia, and the family. For many years Vera was a member of our ladies Fellowship group at church. She made sure that the coffee and pastries we're ready for the group when they came through the door for the meeting. She would always greet us with that beautiful smile. Sometimes she would bring her famous homemade cheesecake for us. After the Bible study, we usually played a game of rummikub, and Vera often wpn. When we visited her in her apartment she was such a gracious hostess. And she would introduce us to her little bird. Vera brought joy and friendship into our lives. We were so blessed to know her. We look forward to seeing her again in heaven. Virginia Daggett

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