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Nina A. Galitz

Published May 03,2019

Obituary's Biography:

Nina Ann (nee: Gastel) Galitz, 75, a resident of Grayslake, IL, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born on December 31, 1943, in Lamar, Missouri to Gene and Dorothy (nee: Andrews) Gastel, the second of six children, and raised on the family century farm.  She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor’s of Science in elementary education and taught 3 years in Fountain Valley School District located in Los Angeles, CA and lived on Balboa Island and spent summers in New York City.  Nina retired from American Airlines after 49 years as a flight attendent, including international flying for 35 plus years.  She was a mother of 2 and friend to all who knew her.  Nina met the love of her life Jeff Galitz during the fall of 1968 and married in Chicago in June 1969.  He continues to live in their home in Grayslake.  Nina is survived by her husband, Jeff Galitz, their daughter Tracey Galitz of Kenosha, WI, and son Brent Galitz of Ingleside.  She is survived by her siblings Dave, John, and Bob Gastel and Mary Gastel-Passmore.  Her sister Ruth (nee: Gastel) Nowlin preceded her in death in April 2001.   A celebration of her amazing and wonderful life will be held at Community Christian Church 1970 Riverwoods Rd. Lincolnshire, IL on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nina’s name to Salute, Inc. (www.saluteinc.org or 18 N. Bothwell St., Palatine, IL 60067) All funeral arrangements were entrusted to Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030.  Interment will be held privately.  For more information please contact (847)223-8122 or log onto www.strangfuneral.org.

9 replies on “Nina A. Galitz”

  1. Dearest Jeff, Brent & Tracey,
    There are no words to ease your loss…Nina was the most amazing woman. Her earthly suffering is now over and she is in her glory watching over all of you! My deepest and sincerest condolences. xoxoxoxo

    1. Jeff my deepest condolences, sorry that I will not be able to attend services.
      My thoughts are with you.

  2. Dear Jeff, Tracey and Brent, our deepest sympathy. I feel like I knew Nina well through Tracey’s great love for her and she was a beautiful person. I’m so sorry for your great loss, Laura Koelsch

  3. I began my career with AA in early 1973 as one of the first male Flight Attendants. I had not been flying long before I met Nina. What a joy to behold. She was so gracious, kind and caring to her passengers AND any crew that had the pleasure of working with her. We flew together many times before I moved to another base. When I heard of her passing it saddened me. But a smile also came across my face thinking of what a wonderful person she was. I never met any of her family but you must have been pretty special to be in “Nina care”. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. What a loss. Nina always went out of her way to do special things for others. During her flights to various places she would send my Mother a card. Mother was in nursing home 10 years and Nina was soooo consistent and thoughtful. Nina was always open and carefree to all she met. I know you will miss her and I will never forget her.

  5. I don’t even know where to begin…We are so heartbroken over this news but glad she is no longer suffering. Nina was such a kind soul. She was like a second mom in my youth and loved playing ‘grandma’ to my kids. They just adored her and remember that she always ordered a strawberry salad when they all went to Culver’s. RIP Nina. Hope we can all share a laugh again in heaven one day. We love you.

  6. I am sad to learn of Nina’s passing, and want to send my sympathy to Jeff, Tracey, Brent and all family members. Sincerely, Linda Cloud Musial (Alna and Doug Cloud’s daughter)

  7. Dearest Jeff and children,

    I am overwhelmed and do not know where to begin to say how
    Sorry I am about Nina. She was a beautiful person inside and
    Out. I still have photos of us from our days in Lincolnshire. I am so

    Please accept my sincere and deepest sympathies, Jeff


    Bonnie Clouse

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