Glenn M. Fitze, 68, of Country Meadows of Hershey, passed away at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center after a brief illness on Friday, March 5, 2021.
Born July 15, 1952 in Stuttgart, Germany to Ingrid Dietrich Fitze and Marc Fitze, Glenn was an only child. He frequently visited his two large families of cousins and often played with the 10 children who lived next door to his boyhood home. He became an endearing part of these families throughout his life.
Glenn was educated at the Elwyn School in Media, Pennsylvania. After graduating, he would begin a life of both work and very active volunteer service. His extremely giving, loyal and sociable nature acted as a conduit for making friends and helping others everywhere he went.
Throughout his working life, he held positions in housekeeping at the Abington Hospital in Abington, PA, and Strawbridge’s department store. In his later years, Glenn worked in grocery stores including Giant in Cleona, PA. He was flexible in learning and performing numerous duties on the job.
But Glenn’s giving spirit shone best in the role of volunteer, to fire and police departments, and always his friends and family. He served the Abington Township Police Department as an auxiliary Police Volunteer assisting for over 5 years on the DUI task force. He participated in community outreach programs and did 24-hour walk-a-thons. He was recognized for clocking the most volunteer hours each year in Abington for well over 5 years. In 2007 Glenn received the PA Governor’s Award in recognition of Citizen Volunteer Services from the Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
After relocating to Palmyra, PA in 2008, Glenn continued working, as well as volunteering for multiple events during the 2010 Palmyra 250th Anniversary.
Glenn was a member of Palm Lutheran Church. There he found joy in ushering, assisting with spaghetti dinners, and helping with the Luther Rose annual lectures. He attended many family weddings, baptisms and some funerals with many cousins and their families who also attend Palm Lutheran.
As a resident at Country Meadows of Hershey, Glenn’s desire to volunteer found purpose at the nearby Ronald McDonald House, and performing various tasks for residents and staff at the Country Meadows facility.
Glenn was pre-deceased by his mother Ingrid Dietrich Rovins and biological father. His stepfather, Harold Rovins, played a pivotal role of mentor to Glenn from age 6 and throughout Glenn’s life. Glenn is survived by Harold, a multitude of cousins, other relatives, and friends from Levittown to Hershey.
A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Palm Lutheran Church, 11 West Cherry Street, Palmyra. Glenn's service will be live-streamed on Palm Lutheran Church's YouTube channel.
The family wishes to thank staff of Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Country Meadows, and Hospice of Central Pennsylvania for their tender loving care of Glenn.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Palm Lutheran Church, 11 West Cherry Street, Palmyra, PA 17078 or the Co-Worker Foundation of Country Meadows, 451 Sand Hill Road, Hershey, PA 17033.
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