Notes on Opal Evalena Starcher Nitz

Opal Evalena Starcher was born June 25, 1911 to Allen B. and Icie Starcher. An image of her birth record is available AT THIS LINK.

She married Greela Nitz on May 26, 1929. Opal was 18, Greely was 22. An image of their marriage certificate is available AT THIS LINK.

Greeley Willie Nitz (the name listed on his birth record AT THIS LINK) was born May 5, 1907, the son of Dee and Mary Nitz. He died July 1965.

Opal and Greela moved to Barberton Ohio shortly after their marriage in 1929.

A large Nitz family soon appeared.

Children of Opal and Greely Nitz:

Robert D., b. 7/25/1931
Allen D, b. 10/31/1933, d. 7/26/1999
Roy Eugene, b. 1/17/1936
Norma Murl, b. 3/14/1939
Donald Wayne, b. 10/13/1942
John Greela, b. 10/18/1945
Carol Ann, b. 5/29/1947

Greely died July 15, 1965. This writer remembers the occasion of the sudden demise of "Uncle Grill" as the first time -- and come to think of it, the only time -- that this writer, then age 10, has visited the environs of Barberton Ohio.
Rites in Barberton For Greela W. Nitz

Greela W. Nitz, 58, of Barberton, Ohio, died in a hospital there after a short illness.

Born at Millstone he had lived in Ohio for the past 36 years. He was a mechanic for Mid-West Rubber company 24 years, and worked for the village of Norton 12 years.

Surviving are his widow, Opal; his father, Dee Nitz of MIllstone; seven sons, Robert D. of Baltimore, Allen D. and Roy E. of Barberton, Donald W. of Copley, Ohio, John G. with the U.S. Army in Germany, and Richard L. and Glendon C., at home; two daughters, Mrs. Norma M. Kirlley of Barberton and Mrs. Carol Travis of Akron; four brothers, Carl Nitz, of Gore, W. Va., Fenton Nitz of Millstone, and Foster Nitz of Parkersburg; three sisters, Mrs. Freda Sauers of Barberton, Mrs. Zelma Harker of Malta and Mrs. Murrell Price of Altizer; and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday July 26 in Barberton.

Opal died August 29, 1997 in Barberton Ohio.

Obituary of Allen Nitz, son of Opal and Greely Nitz, from the Calhoun Chronicle, archived AT THIS LINK:
Allen D. Nitz, 65, died Monday, July, 26, 1999, in Barberton, Ohio. He was born in Millstone, the son of the late Greela and Opal Starcher Nitz. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 1066, American Legion, Barberton Liedertafel, The Hungarian Club, and The Jedota Club. He was retired from Ford Motor Co. with 27 years of service. Surviving are his former wife, Frances M. Nitz of Barberton, Ohio; one son, Allen Nitz of Hartville, Ohio; three daughters, Barbara Gabel of Barberton, Victoria Gabel of North Royalton, Ohio, Lisa Vanarsdale of Akron, Ohio; eight grandchildren; six brothers, Robert of Baltimore, Md., Eugene of Canal Fulton, Ohio, and Donald, John, Richard and Glendon, all of Barberton; two sisters, Norma Kirtley and Carol Travis, both of Barberton; and a friend, Martha Long. Services were held at Cox's Funeral Home, Barberton. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, with military graveside services.

Aunt Opal

Opal Starcher Nitz and Greely Nitz...

...and the family.

Newspaper clipping from the Calhoun Chronicle, found in the personal effects of Viola Starcher Cogar.

In regards to Dee Nitz, Greela's father, he was born February 11, 1880, died in 1969, and is buried in the Mt Zion Cemetery in Calhoun County WV with his wife Mary Goff Nitz (1881-1959).

He married Mary Goff August 2, 1902. Mary, the daughter of W.T. and Margaret Goff, was born July 2, 1881 in Calhoun County WV.

The 1900 Federal census for Lee District, Calhoun County West Virginia shows Dee Nitz living in the household of Thomas and Ruth Ice Everson, listed as a servant, with a notation that his father was born in Prussia.

Note: Images of the WWI and WWII military draft registration cards for Dee Nitz which are available AT THIS LINK. On these documents, his name is given as Joseph Dee Nitz.

The 1910 Federal census indicates...

Dee Nitz age 30
Mary Nitz age 28
Freeda Nitz age 6
Ivy Nitz age 5
Greely Nitz age 3
The 1920 census indicates...

Dee Nitz age 39
Mary Nitz age 38
Freda Nitz age 16
Icey Nitz age 14
John G. Nitz age 12
Otto D. Nitz age 9
William F. Nitz age 7
Zelma Nitz age 5
Carl Nitz age 3
Bertha M. Nitz 11/12
The 1930 Federal census shows Opal and Greely
living at the home of Dee and Mary Nitz

Nitz, Dee Head age 50 married at age 22
Mary Nitz wife age 49 married at age 21
Otis son age 20 single
Foster son age 18 single (? name)
Zelma daughter age 16 single
Carl age 12 single (? name)
Fenton son age 9 single (? name)
Greela son age 23 married at age 22
Opal daughter in law female age 19 married at age 18

Dee Nitz died August 18, 1969.

Dee Nitz Services Held Here Wednesday

Dee Nitz, 89, of Arnoldsburg, died Monday, Aug. 18 in a Parkersburg hospital following and extended illness.

Born in Calhoun County, he was a son of the late William and Moriah Boggs Nitz. He had operated a livestock farm near Arnoldsburg, and was a member of Stoney Point United Methodist church.

Survivors include four sons, Foster Nitz of Parkersburg, Otis Nitz of Barberton, Fenton Nitz of Grantsville, and Carl Nitz of Capon Bridge; three daughters, Mrs. Murle Price of Arnoldsburg, Mrs. Freda Sayer of Barbverton, and Mrs. Zelma Harker of Malta, Ohio; 31 grandchildren and 49 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death in 1959 by his wife, Mrs. Mary Goff Nitz.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Stump funeral home with Rev. C.E. Pierson officiating. Burial was in Mt. Zion cemetery.

There is a fine genealogical listing for the Nitz family in "History of Calhoun County West Virginia," p 144-145, published by the Calhoun Historical Society. Articles in that work were contributed by Lelah E. (Nitz) Stout, Leah J. (Nitz) Wilson, and Loretta Ann (Starcher) Hinkle. From this material, and material found in Don Norman's Family Files, a selected family tree of William and Maria Nitz is offered AT THIS LINK.


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