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home : obituaries : obituaries January 23, 2022

10/1/2021 3:45:00 PM
Donna Reitzel Woodward
November 2, 1962 - September 27, 2021

NEWTON, N.C. - Donna Reitzel Woodward, 58, of Newton passed away on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Catawba Valley Medical Center.

She was born November 2, 1962 in Catawba County to the late Harold E. Reitzel and Mary Kathleen Cooke Reitzel. Donna was a member of First United Methodist Church in Newton, employed with IHOP in Hickory as a waitress, and was previously employed as a paramedic with Burke County EMS. She enjoyed visiting the beach, relaxing in the pool, and decorating her home.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Matthew Reitzel.

Those left to cherish her memory is her sister Sharon Kay Smyre of Hickory; nephews Michael Smyre and wife Pamela of Claremont, Steven Smyre and wife Loren of Claremont; niece Tiffany Smyre and partner Billy Weaver of Conover; great-nephews and great-nieces Trysta Smyre, Devyion Smyre, Ryan Smyre, Michael Smyre Jr., Joben Smyre, Aria Smyre, Landen Moore, Rhyanne Moore, Daniel Smyre, Grayson Weaver, Tinsley Weaver, and Karisma Weaver.

A memorial service to celebrate Donna’s life will be held on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Bennett Funeral Service, 7878 NC Hwy. 16, Newton, NC 28658. Rev. Jeremiah Parker will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Catawba County, P.O. Box 63, Hickory, NC 28603.

Condolences may be sent to the Woodward family at

Bennett Funeral Service of Newton, N.C. is serving the Woodward family.

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