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Betty Lou Heintzelman


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Betty Lou Heintzelman Obituary
Betty Lou Heintzelman, 84, of Homosassa, FL passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Sunflower Springs ALF in Homosassa. She was born in Oak Hill, West Virginia on June 3, 1932 and first moved to Florida in 1951. Betty resided in Florida for a total of 38 years, having moved to this area in 1997 from Loveland, Colorado.
Prior to retirement, Betty worked as a wholesale Credit Manager which was an unusual field for a woman at that time. After retirement, Betty and her husband, Richard (Dick), were owners of Heintzelman's Clock Repair in Inverness, FL for 12 years. Betty was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River. She was a lifetime honorary member of the Nature Coast Carving Club of Inverness and a former volunteer for the Citrus County Library, Lakes Region Branch. She was a 5-year member of the "Loveland Sweetheart Violettes Society" in Loveland, Colorado in the 1990s, and in the 1980s in Cambridge, Maryland, she was a volunteer at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 91.
Betty was an avid bird watcher and collector of stamps, handkerchiefs, dishes, and much more. She also enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, and traveling. In 1977, Betty and Dick travelled in a van for 16 months, visiting all 48 states of the continental US. In 1985, they visited their daughter who was living in Germany, and travelled by car around Northern Europe. In 1990, they visited the Soviet Union as personal guests of a Russian woman they hosted during a Russian "Friendship Force" visit to Colorado. Betty loved meeting people and kept in touch with many lifelong friends and relatives.
Betty was preceded in death by her loving husband Richard R. Heintzelman in 2014, and half sister Rose Blake. She is survived by her children, son Donald Heintzelman and his wife Mary Lou of Woolford, Maryland, and daughter L. Catherine Summers of Inverness; half sisters Anna Rekas of New York and Jean Bain and her husband Manjit of California; brother-in law Roy Heintzelman and sister-in-law Arlene Heintzelman, both of Pennsylvania, and beloved cousin Mark Adkins and his wife Terry of Maryland.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is scheduled for Sunday, February 19, 2:00 PM at the Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness with Pastor Jack Alwood, Retired, officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home 1 hour prior to service. Betty's urn will be laid to rest with her husband's at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date. If preferred in lieu of flowers, donations in Betty's name may be made to Hospice of Citrus and the Nature Coast, PO Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 12, 2017
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