A Mass of Christian Burial for Frederick P. Zeitz, a retired production engineer and small-business owner, will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, 8500 Main St., Harris Hill. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.
Mr. Zeitz, a longtime Amherst resident, died Saturday in Harris Hill Nursing Home, Lancaster, after a long illness. He was 89.
Born in Buffalo, he graduated from Burgard Vocational High School and worked 30 years for Bell Aerospace, retiring in 1979.
At Bell, he was chosen by the company to attend a NASA conference, where he was congratulated by astronaut Walter Cunningham for an outstanding job on the Apollo space program.
Mr. Zeitz also was the owner and operator of Fred P. Zeitz Co., a sheet metal fabricator.
A parishioner of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, he served as an usher for many years and was a member of New Beginnings and the Mantle Club. He enjoyed gardening, welding, cards and traveling.
His wife, Ruth Borst Zeitz, died in 1990.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Maxon of Alden and Linda of Cheektowaga; a brother, Frank of Delevan; and three grandchildren.