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LONDONDERRY, NH: Ellen J. (Horowitz) Gintz, 63, of Londonderry, N.H., passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the Parkland Medical Center in Derry. Ellen was born on June 3, 1952 in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Daniel and Betty (Gurian) Horowitz. She grew up in Hicksville, N.Y. with her parents and younger brother, Robert. She saw the Beatles play Shea Stadium, watched the Mets win the '69 World Series, and marched for civil rights and against the war in Vietnam. Her lifelong drive to help others manifested itself in her 25 year career as a guidance counselor at Matthew Thornton Elementary School in Londonderry, where she supported countless children and families. Upon her retirement, Ellen spent her time biking, hiking, kayaking, and traveling with her husband, David, reading books and gardening with her many friends, visiting her sons in Somerville, Mass., and volunteering for a variety of organizations. She was the very definition of a kind soul.

In addition to her father, Daniel Horowitz, Ellen is survived by her dear husband of 37 years, David Gintz; her two sons, Mike Gintz and his fiancee, Lauren Leone, and Steve Gintz and his girlfriend, Laura Fink; one brother, Robert Horowitz, and his wife, Gillian Neff-Horowitz. She is also survived by extended family members, including nieces and nephews, Dan Horowitz, Greg Horowitz and Stefanie La Pick and their mother, Nancy Rabell, and Brianna Horowitz and Heather Gintz.

Following cremation, memorial calling hours will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy Street, Boston, MA 02108 (www.outdoors.org), or Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org). To send condolences or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com.
Published on  June 25, 2015
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