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Thomas H. Nortz
August 20, 1926 ~ January 10, 2019 (age 92)

LOWVILLE-Thomas H. “Tom” Nortz, 92, of Lowville, passed away peacefully at home on January 10th, 2019, under the loving care of his family, his caregivers, and Lewis County Hospice.

Tom was born in Syracuse, New York, to the late Gerald A. and Ellen Burns Nortz.  Upon graduation from Lowville Academy in 1944, he joined the U.S. Air Force and served with the Arnold Air Transport Command during World War II.

After attending Albany Business College and Morrisville College, he joined his father at the Gerald A. Nortz, Inc., Packard/Chrysler Plymouth dealership.  Later, with Tom at the helm of the business, he and his team at the dealership received the highest Customer and Service Awards for over forty years by the Chrysler Corporation. He married the love of his life, Lucy Smith, in 1949 at St. Mary’s Church in Glenfield, New York, and moved to Lowville where they raised their family and lived happily for sixty-nine years.

Very active in the community, Tom became a lifetime member of the Lowville Elks Club and the Lowville American Legion as well as a volunteer at and a past president of the Lowville Fire Department.  A founder and charter member of The Little Pine Creek Club in Brantingham, he, also, worked tirelessly as a volunteer – delivering Meals on Wheels; with the Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen; and with The Special Olympics at Snow Ridge.

He spent many years driving back and forth to Watertown to sing bass with the former Watertown Barbershop Chorus.  This combined two of his great joys - driving and singing harmony.  Tom and Lucy enjoyed multiple yearly trips around the country to visit family and friends, and at the age of 82, he energetically led the young pack hiking the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.  His favorite hobbies included collecting and restoring antique cars, wood-working, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time at the family camp at Chase Lake.  He will be sorely missed for his story-telling, wit, and his finesse with caramelized onions, or Vitamin “O” as he called them…. his secret to a long life.  These past few years, Tom and his family have been greatly appreciative of the help from the kind and thoughtful caregivers and neighbors that have allowed Tom and Lucy to stay together living in their own home.

He is pre-deceased by his sister, Jean Nortz Dillon, and his brother-in-law George Dillon; his sister, Sarah “Sally” Nortz Lynch, and his brother-in-law, the Hon. John Robert Lynch; his daughter-in-law, Carolyn Nortz; and his granddaughters, Jennifer and Caitlin Nortz; as well as by many dear friends and relatives.  Survivors include his beloved wife, Lucy; their children:  Nancy (Ed), Henry (Cindy), Terry (Mary), Cindy (Charles), Gerald (Kristy), and Maria (Peter); six grand-children; and four great grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at noon on Friday, January 18, 2019, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville.  Arrangements are with the Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville.  There will be no calling hours.  Burial will follow at a later date in the Lowville Rural Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, Tom encourages all to volunteer or make donations to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, New York 13367.

Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville, New York, 2019.

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