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Kathleen S. Moritz, longtime Lockport schools employee who loved sports, reading

Kathleen S. Moritz

Feb. 1, 1947 – Feb. 16, 2020

Kathleen S. Moritz of Lockport loved sports. All sports. However, college basketball and baseball were her two particular passions in the sports realm.

Mrs. Moritz's father was a statistician for Canisius College basketball in the 1950s, which may have been where her love of college basketball was ignited.

"She grew up around Canisius College basketball, so she just loved basketball," said her daughter, Amy Moritz Kurzdorfer, a former sports writer for The Buffalo News who writes a running column for The News.

Mrs. Moritz died Sunday in Northgate Manor in Wheatfield while under Niagara Hospice care. She was 73.

Born in Buffalo, the former Kathleen Rozek grew up in the Humboldt Park area of the city. In 1964, she graduated from the former Mount Saint Joseph Academy on Main Street, which closed at the end of the 2009-10 school year. She graduated from the former Rosary Hill College, now Daemen College in Amherst, in 1968.

Moritz Kurzdorfer recalled that her mother was quiet, but with a "great, sarcastic sense of humor," and that she possessed a magnetic personality.

"She loved to laugh and she loved to make other people smile," Moritz Kurzdorfer said.

"People really seemed to gravitate towards her personality. She just had a very warm and open personality," she added.

Mrs. Moritz also had a lifelong penchant for reading and was especially enamored of mysteries.

"She loved reading. That's like my first memory of my mother, honestly, is her taking me to the library for me to get books and her to get books," Moritz Kurzdorfer said.

"In her youth, she was a crazy bingo player and she loved going to the casino. God bless her, she loved doing that," she added.

Mrs. Moritz was a longtime employee of the Lockport City School District. She worked in the district offices before becoming secretary in the guidance office at Emmet Belknap Middle School around 1990. Her compassionate nature made her well-suited for the job, said Moritz Kurzdorfer.

"She had such a high tolerance for people, really. She saw the good in everybody. She would see the bad times that people were going through or what might be making a difficult situation for people. So I think that really suited her well for that, to kind of play traffic cop in that office with kids coming in who were in trouble or needed some help," she said.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Moritz is survived by her husband of 47 years, Paul C.; a son, Brian; a brother, Kenneth Rozek; and a granddaughter.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 168 Chestnut St., Lockport.

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