Hazel May Bartz
Hazel May Bartz, 100 years old, of Harrisville, WV, died on October 16,2017, at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta, OH held in song by all six of her loving children and other family members. She passed from this world with the dignity and grace for which she was known. No words can adequately express the countless lives this great lady touched during the course of her long and fruitful lifetime.
Hazel was born in Wallingford, CT on July 12, 1917 to Anna Schmid and Paul Fredricks. Her only brother, Robert Paul Fredricks was born in 1920. She married Bernard Michael Bartz Jr. on July 12, 1941. Together they had six children. Barney died in 1962 and Hazel went to work full-time as a secretary at the State University of New York in New Paltz. She lived and worked there and was actively involved as a Girl Scout leader and in many other community organizations until moving to Harrisville, WV in 1974. Hazel was an avid knitter, crocheter, sewer, quilter and a Master Weaver. She helped to initiate the Heritage Arts Program at Salem College in West Union, WV and also taught classes and had her own studios in Port Orange, FL; New Paltz, NY and Harrisville, WV.
Hazel is survived by her children; Irene (Tom) Lawrence, Skip Bartz, Barbara Bartz (Russell) Rogerson, Dahlia Bartz (Lee) Cabe, Susan Bartz (David) Lenz and Elizabeth (Ed) Williams. She has twenty grandchildren, eighteen great-grand children, two great-great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and many “adopted” extended family members. She is also survived by her dear friend Tom “Pop” Lawrence of Harrisville.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Fredricks in 2016 and her dear sister-in-law, Patricia Fredricks, in 2017.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 320 E Main St, Harrisville, WV on Sunday October 22, 2017 at 3 p.m.
At Hazel’s request the family is asking that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made in the name of Hazel M. Bartz to the Harry E. Moats Scholarship Fund of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), PO Box 1762, Parkersburg WV, 26102. The Moats Scholarship assists Ritchie County High School graduates who are furthering their education. Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, WV assisted the family and online condolences may be sent to the family at www.McCulloughRaiguel.com.