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Bernard Elmer Nortz
November 22, 1932 - January 25, 2020

BEAVER FALLS, New York ~ Bernard E. Nortz, 87, formerly of Lewis Street, Beaver Falls, died Saturday evening, January 25, 2020, at the Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown, New York, where he had been admitted the day before from the Samaritan Medical Center.

Born November 22, 1932, in Croghan, New York, to Vincent W. and Angeline (Bush) Nortz, he graduated from Fr. Leo Memorial School in Croghan in 1950.  On May 6, 1967, he married LouAnn Courts at St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan.

Bernie began his working career in 1950 as a lineman for the General Telephone Company.  Then, from 1951 until 1953, he worked as a painter for George Muth Painters in Croghan.

A Korean War veteran, he entered the US Army on February 13, 1953, at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts.  He served with the 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division in Korea until his honorable discharge as a Corporal on February 3, 1955, at Ft. Dix, New Jersey.  In October of 1956, he began working for Beaverite Products, Inc., in Beaver Falls where he remained for forty-one years before retiring on December 19, 1997, as the head of the customer service division.  He, also, assisted at the Scanlon Funeral Home in Croghan for forty-four years from the time of its establishment in 1973 until he moved to Brownville in 2017.

A life-long communicant of St. Stephen’s Church in Croghan, and since moving to Brownville, a communicant of Immaculate Conception Church there, he actively participated in the Knights of Columbus.  A 4th Degree Member of the Croghan Knights of Columbus Council #2175, he, twice served as Chairman of the Northern Conference Delegate to the K of C Supreme Convention in 1966 and 1967, and he received the Family of the Year Award from the New York State K of C in 1983 - 1984.  He, also, managed the K of C Bowling Lanes and belonged to the K of C Bowling League in Croghan for forty-nine years.  In his honor, the bowling lanes were renamed the “Bernie Nortz K of C Bowling Alleys”.  Moreover, as a Life Member and Past Commander, he received the Legionnaire of the Year Award in 1972.  In addition, he remained a member of the Firing Squad of the Beaver River Memorial Post 1663 American Legion in Croghan for over sixty years, and he belonged to the VFW in Lowville.  Furthermore, he belonged to the Beaver Falls Volunteer Fire Department for fifty-two years where he served as Commissioner and Police & Drill Master, and in 2007, he received the Croghan Lions Club Jim Scanlon Good Citizenship Award for his dedication.

Throughout his life, Bernie just loved helping people at any time of the day or night and in any way that he could.  From coaching basketball teams to assisting families after a fire, to offering his heartfelt support to someone upon the death of a loved one, neighbors could, always, count on Bernie. Always an avid sports fan, he especially enjoyed watching basketball, reading a newspaper from cover to cover, and above all, spending time with his family and grandchildren, and being their biggest fan during games.

Survivors include LouAnn, his loving wife of almost 53 years; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Julie and John Petti, of Guilderland, New York, and Patti and Michael McElheran, of Watertown, New York; five grandchildren:  Derek, Justin, and Olivia Petti, and Allison and Amanda McElheran; and his brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Catherine Nortz, of Croghan, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Thelma and Florence Nortz, and his brother, Francis Nortz.

Bernie’s funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2020, beginning with a 10:15 a.m. Prayer Service at the Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, followed by an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred, Pastor, officiating.  Burial with military honors will be held at a time to be announced in the spring in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Croghan.  Calling hours are scheduled for Wednesday, January 29th, 2020, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, it is requested that for those wishing to contribute, please consider memorial donations to St. Stephen’s Church Restoration Fund, the Croghan Knights of Columbus, or the Beaver Falls VFD.

Scanlon Funeral Homes, Croghan & Harrisville, New York, 2020.

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