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Remembering USTA Florida Volunteer & Merit Award Winner Mary Frances Giltz

USTA Florida is saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Frances Giltz, a cherished and dedicated volunteer for USTA Florida, on May 18, 2024, at the age of 95.  

Born on February 1, 1929, in Toronto, Giltz’s life was a testament to the power of passion, community, and dedication, leaving a legacy behind within the tennis world. 

Giltz began her journey with USTA Florida in 1980, marking the start of over two decades of volunteer service. Her commitment to the organization saw her go through significant milestones, including the 50th Anniversary celebration in 1999. Even after moving to Birmingham in the 2000s, her bond with USTA Florida remained strong. The organization honored her dedication by flying her back for the 65th anniversary celebration. 

Throughout her tenure, Giltz took on numerous roles that showcased her leadership and commitment. She was a member of the Grievance Committee from 1992 to 1993, then its chair from 1994 to 2000. 

Her contributions did not go unrecognized. In 1995, Mary Frances was honored with the Merit Award and the title of Official of the Year. These accolades reflected not only her skills and dedication but also her unwavering passion for tennis. Her role as an umpire and official brought her immense satisfaction, a wide circle of friends, wonderful memories, and numerous challenges that she always met with grace and competence.  

Mary officiating a match in France.

Mary Frances Giltz is survived by her sister, Judith Lynn de Swaaf, six children: David Giltz, Leslie Giltz, Christopher Giltz and his wife Heidi, Patricia Holbrook and her husband Jim, Elizabeth Anderson and her husband Jason, and Michael Giltz. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren who carry forward her legacy of love and dedication. 

Her life and work in tennis were about more than just the sport; they were about community, passion, and creating lasting impacts. Her career in tennis brought her immense joy and fulfillment. Her commitment to tennis and the friendships she built along the way were a significant part of her life, bringing her immense joy and satisfaction. 

To help keep her memory alive, the family has asked that donations in her name be made to the USTA Florida Foundation: Donate – USTA Florida Section Foundation ( USTA Florida sends our condolences to her family and friends. 

ML Staff. Content/Image courtesy of Jaret Kappelman, Marketing & Communications Coordinator for USTA Florida


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