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Springfield man marks his 100th birthday.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Waldemar Nitz of Springfield celebrated his 100th birthday recently with family and friends at the Gateway Living retirement center.

He was born on Feb. 23, 1913, in Berlin. He married Marga Leonhardt in Berlin on July 17, 1937. She died in 2003.

He has two daughters, Elke Tanner of Springfield and Ilona Teufel of Portland; and seven grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

He earned a law degree and worked in Berlin before being drafted into the German army.

He served as a medic for seven years and survived many close calls and being wounded multiple times.

He immigrated to the United States in 1953 and became a U.S. citizen in 1955.

He earned a mortician's license and worked at Hills Mortuary in Cottage Grove and Holman's Mortuary in Portland for a total of 37 years.

He was president of Portland's Liedertafel Harmonie choir for six years and treasurer for 22 years.

He also was a member of the Oregon Art Society and served as its president for six years.

His hobbies have included painting, photography, stamp collecting and traveling. He has visited 31 countries.

The Register-Guard publishes stories about people in the local area who celebrate birthdays of 100 years or more, using information furnished by family members or friends.
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Title Annotation:Milestones
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Geographic Code:4EUGE
Date:Mar 3, 2013
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