The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
The Rev. Phares O. Reitz
Born April 20, 1917
Died July 15, 2010
The Rev. Phares O. Reitz died Thursday, July 15.
Although not the oldest pastor in the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, he was the longest serving, having been ordained on May 24, 1939, at the age of twenty-two.
Following his ordination, Pastor Reitz served Berrysburg-Lykens in Dauphin County (1939-1950); St. John, Hamburg (1950-1956); and St. Stephen, Allentown (1957-1975). From 1975 until his retirement in 1981, he was the administrative assistant to the president (bishop) of the synod.
A memorial service for Pastor Phares Reitz will be held on Tuesday, July 20, at 2:00 p.m. at Egner Memorial Chapel on the campus of Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew Street, Allentown. The family will receive guests in Moyer Hall (next to the chapel) following the service.
Pastor Reitz is survived by two sons, Thomas and Philip, and two daughters, Martha and Ruth. He was predeceased by his wife, Eleanor (Lippiatt) Reitz. Condolences may be sent to his daughter, Martha Reitz, at 2629 W Pennsylvania Street, Allentown PA 18104.
An obituary from the Allentown Morning Call is online: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/mcall/obituary.aspx?n=phares-o-reitz&pid=144104065