Paula Hotz

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Paula Gene Hotz, nee Reitz, age 71, of Fairview Heights, IL, formerly of Farina, IL, passed away at 3:09 a.m. Friday, October 20, 2017 peacefully at her home, with family by her side.

Paula was born on December 5, 1945 in Farina, Illinois, the daughter of George and Geneva, nee Schwabe, Reitz. Paula was a wonderful grandmother, loving mother and sister, devoted wife, aunt and friend. She was an active member of the Belleville/Swansea Moose Lodge and the Lincoln Trail Decorative Artists group. She enjoyed serving on the Bereavement Team at Faith Family Church where she was a loyal member. One of her greatest loves along with her family was her passion for animals. She enjoyed being a professional dog handler and breeder. She showed Dobermans for over twenty years and was on the board of directors for the Doberman Pinscher Club of America.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Geneva Reitz; two brothers, George “Sonny” and Stanley “Butch” Reitz; four sisters, Anna Mae Jahraus, Elsie Meyer, Mary Lou Lentz and Glennadene Hamel.

Surviving are her husband, Armin “Butch” Hotz of Fairview Heights, Illinois;
daughter, Emily Hotz Menn (husband Michael) of Fairview Heights;
three grandchildren, Christopher, Lindsay and Mackenzie Menn;
and 12 nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois, to “The Heart for the House Project” fund at Faith Family Church, 704 North Green Mount Road, Shiloh, IL, 62221, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. A Women of the Moose Lodge Ritual will be observed.

Funeral: A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 27, 2017 at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Pastor John Temple officiating.

Graveside services will be held in Farina, IL, at a later date.


8 Comments on Paula Hotz

Lynn and Mike Davis said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2017 at 1:55 PM

My dear friend Butch and Family-our deepest condolences go out to you. We are broken-hearted over the loss of one of God's sweetest, most generous children. We have missed her smile, gentle wit, and intelligent banter. We hold you and yours close to our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. Heaven truly became a better place. Our entire Moose Family has suffered a huge loss, offset only by the thought she suffers no more and truly has found peace.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Lloyd and Jessica Bonzon said : Guest Report Oct 27, 2017 at 1:50 AM

Butch, we were so shocked and saddened to hear that Paula passed. I remember so fondly our St. Peter and Farina days. It doesn't seem real somehow that we are nearing the end of our era. We love you and think of you often. All our best wishes and our deepest sympathy.

  • Albuquerque
  • New Mexico
Debbie Christenson said : Guest Report Oct 25, 2017 at 2:31 AM

I was lucky to have known Paula through Lincoln Trails Decorative Artists. Butch and family will be in my prayers.

  • Ballwin
  • Missouri
Dede said : Guest Report Oct 24, 2017 at 2:49 PM

Butch and Emily, My heart is heavy and would like to express how sorry I am, Paula was a joy to be around and I am glad I got to enjoy her at Moose functions especially Decatur, I cannot be with you on Friday, but my thoughts and prayers will be, Dede Hendricks

  • Belleville
  • IL
pat dietrich said : Guest Report Oct 22, 2017 at 5:52 PM

Butch Sorry to hear of not only you and your families loss, but for everyone who knew her May she rest in peace

  • fairview hts
  • il
Jane Bass Pinkstaff said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2017 at 8:39 PM

A dear friend from long ago will be sadly missed but remembered with joy. Butch & Emily, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I wish you peace. With deepest sympathy, Jane Bass Pinkstaff

  • Livonia
  • MI
Anna Carlin said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2017 at 6:22 PM

Aunt Paula holds a special place in our hearts. She welcomed us with open arms and was always so excited to spend together. We will miss her. Thinking of Uncle Butch, Emily and family during this time. We love you guys❤️

  • Amsterdam
  • The Netherlands
Ruth Schaal Reed said : Guest Report Oct 21, 2017 at 5:02 AM

Butch and family, you have my deepest sympathy, I just went through this 7 months ago for the second tme, and have you in my prayers. Hugs to you

  • St. Peter
  • Il

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