CLARA ELIZABETH “BETH” NOTREDAME

On Feb. 10, 2015 (nee Peitz), age 62, of Pennsport, Philadelphia. Beth grew up in Haddonfield and received nursing degrees from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Penn and Drexel. Her specialty was critical-care pediatrics, and she spent most of her career in the neonatal and cardiac ICUs of St. Christopher’s Hospital, and then in the critical-care transport programs of St. Chris’s and Children’s Hospital. Most recently, she worked in Einstein’s Developmental Pediatrics Program with children who had ADHD or autism. She had also served as an adjunct clinical professor in pediatric nursing at Drexel. When she discussed her patients, the intensity in her voice showed how deeply she cared for them.

Outside of work, Beth enjoyed history, opera, and travel. She was a longtime member of Old St. Joseph’s Church and was especially grateful for the support of her friends there during her struggle with ALS.

Beth was predeceased by her husband, Michel, and her parents, Charles and Helen Peitz. She is survived by siblings Charles Peitz, Anne (Nelson) Remetz, Mary Kelly and H. Judith (Sukumar) Patel. Her knack with children was also evident in her bonds with her nieces and nephews, Julia and Stephen Kelly, Elizabeth and Meera Patel, and Madeline and Nelson Remetz. She is also survived by close friends Cherie Lenz Mason and Claire Miller, and by Dr. Wendy Ross, her colleague at Einstein, who proved a strong advocate as well as a close friend during Beth’s sickness.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the HINSKI-TOMLINSON FUNERAL HOME, 81 N. Haddon Ave., Haddonfield, NJ. The family will also receive visitors Saturday morning at 9 a.m. at Old St. Joseph’s, 321 Willings Alley, Philadelphia (just south of Fourth and Walnut). A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at the church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Beth had requested that donations be made to Autism Inclusion Resources (http://www.autismir.com), 1084 Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010.

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