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Esther C. Hartzell

Esther C. Hartzell, age 91, formerly of Second Street, Espy, died at 7:25 a. m. Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Grandview Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Danville, where she was a patient.

Born in Shamokin on November 6, 1928, she was a daughter of the late  Joseph and Louisa (Bowman) Zimmerman. She was raised by her uncle and aunt, Arthur and Lulu (Fox) Zimmerman in Rupert. She spent most of her life in the Bloomsburg area and was a 1946 graduate of Bloomsburg High School. She resided in Espy from 1949 to 2015.

Esther was employed at the former J. C. Penney Store in Bloomsburg as a sales clerk for 16 years, retiring in January, 1991. Earlier she was employed at the former Letterman's Bakery Shop in Bloomsburg for 11 years.

She was a longtime member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary. 

Esther loved to read and enjoyed baking cookies for her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, K. Paul Hartzell, on June 20, 1992 and by two sisters: Ruth Gilmartin in December, 2018 and an infant, Naomi Zimmerman, in 1926.

Esther is survived by two children: Debby, wife of Greg L. Owen, Tualatin, Ore. and Dennis L. Hartzell, and his wife Bonnie, of Danville; seven grandchildren: Kevin Owen, Todd Owen, Hannah Hartzell, Leah Hartzell, Jacob Hartzell, Mattie Hartzell, Daniel Hartzell and by five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at the New Rosemont Cemetery in Espy at a later date and time.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Dean W. Kriner, Inc., Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 325 Market Street, Bloomsburg.

Condolence messages and photographs may be posted at: www.krinerfuneralhomes.com


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We are sorry for your loss. Esther was a special lady and my brother, Jim Letterman, always said she was his birthday present, since they were born on the same day and year. Whenever I met Esther out and about, she would introduce me and then tell them she baby sat me. She was just a little girl (only 10 years old) but she had taken her job VERY seriously. Just as she did as she got older - when she did anything, it was done right! She will always be remembered with a smile.

Edward and Nancy (Letterman) Graboski Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

Debbie & Family,

So sorry to see the loss of your Mother in the Press Enterprise today. I remember her fondly as such a helpful sales clerk in our early days of shopping at J.C. Penney Store in Bloomsburg. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dale & Suzanne Moore Apr 25 2020 12:00 AM