Obituary Details

Margaret Vanderveldt Opitz

December 21, 1935 - March 31, 2016

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Location:
St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Date:
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Service Time:
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

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Notes

Margaret Vanderveldt Opitz of Raleigh, North Carolina, died on Thursday, March 31,
2016, from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease. Born on December 21, 1935, in
Babylon, Long Island, New York, Margaret was the sixth of nine children of Grace and
Anthony Vanderveldt.

Nicknamed Baldy in her home town for her childhood head of very pale, wispy blonde
hair, Margaret became known for her athleticism and abiding sense of fun. She
graduated from Babylon High School in 1954 and earned her associate degree from
Mount Aloysius Junior College in 1956. After graduation, she worked as a secretary at
American Airlines in New York until her marriage to fellow Babylon High alumnus Roy
Opitz in 1958.

During their 57-year marriage, Margaret and Roy lived in six different states, spending
14 years in Ramsey, New Jersey, and 28 years in Devon, Pennsylvania. Margaret
devoted herself to raising their four daughters and playing an active role in each of the
communities in which she lived.

She became the first woman elected to the Board of Adjustment in Ramsey and served
with distinction. She volunteered for a wide variety of organizations, including Meals on
Wheels, Hospice and a breast cancer support group at Bryn Mawr Hospital. In addition,
she coached her daughters’ softball and soccer teams and was always willing to lend a
hand to those who needed it.

While living in Pennsylvania, she worked as a receptionist at the Robert Downs Real
Estate Agency and SmithKline Pharmaceuticals in the 1980s and later at the Paoli Thrift
Shop, a nonprofit that benefitted cancer research. An avid reader, gardener and tennis
player, Margaret also enjoyed traveling and getting together with friends and family. She
will be remembered for her great strength, energy, sense of humor and compassion.
Daughter Maria Lynch of Raleigh, NC, predeceased her in 2012. She also was
preceded in death by siblings Mary Fusi of St. Augustine, FL, in 2015; Joseph
Vanderveldt of Garden Grove, CA, in 2012; and Catherine O’Neill of Dallas, TX, in 1996.

She is survived by her husband Roy; daughters Elizabeth (Zizi) Opitz (Newtown, PA),
Suzanne Ramirez (Womelsdorf, PA) and Analiese Kreutzer (Vienna, VA); grandchildren
Charles Lynch (Raleigh, NC), Emma Lynch (Charlotte, NC), Lucy Kreutzer (Vienna, VA)
and Abigail Kreutzer (Vienna, VA). She also is survived by siblings Patricia Wood
(Marietta, OH), James Vanderveldt (Redding, CA), Meg VanBourgondien (Southold,
NY), Susanne Hyman (Acton, MA) and Antonia (Stevie) Gillespie (Alexandria, VA).

A memorial mass will be held in the St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of
Assisi Catholic Church in Raleigh on April 30 at 1:00 p.m., followed by the committal of
her ashes in the church’s columbarium.

The family requests that those wishing to honor her memory visit www.alznc.org to make a memorial donation.

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” - Thomas Campbell
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Zizi Opitz,
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April 29, 2016
How do you come up with a few lines to summarize your memories of your mother? I realized after you were gone how very many things you taught me. I told you once that you were the one who inspired me to pursue a career in science, because you always encouraged watching national geographic and you were so interested yourself. The day you left us I felt sure that you were reunited with all our friends, family and pets that had gone before. I hope that is true. Love always, Zizi
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marilyn natale
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April 26, 2016
such nice memories of one of the sweetest , kindest woman .
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Gary Kreutzer
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April 26, 2016
1 file added to the tribute wall
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Dan Jenkins
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April 25, 2016
Loved you Mrs O. Too much time went by. Still loved you and the girls, and Roy, of course.
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Jane walker moody
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April 25, 2016
Such a wonderful picture.
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St. Mary of the Angels Chapel at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
11401 Leesville Rd
Raleigh, NC 27613
919-847-8205
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