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Peggy Hartzell

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Peggy Hartzell

Peggy died peacefully at home on January 5, 2018, a few weeks before her 104th birthday. She was born in Burlington Vermont on February 1, 1914 to Andrew and Jesse Borland. The family moved when she was 2 years old to State College, PA, where her father became a dairy science professor at the Pennsylvania State University. She graduated from Penn State in 1934 with a B.S. in home economics and a minor in social studies.
Following her graduation at age 20, she began her career working for the Emergency Relief Administration, assisting people struggling during the Depression. She continued her career of helping people as a Home Management Supervisor with the Farm Security Administration, and was rapidly promoted to regional director. During World War II, she worked for the War Food Administration, an organization that established and maintained camps for farm laborers who had been brought in from the Bahamas and Jamaica to help alleviate the shortage of farm workers. She was responsible for recruiting, training and supervising the individuals who ran the feeding programs in various camps located throughout the 12 northeastern states.
After the war, she worked in Germany for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), whose job it was to take care of the displaced persons, primarily from Poland, who had been forced to come to Germany as slave laborers. As a Welfare Officer she worked on the repatriation and resettlement of the displaced persons. While working for UNRRA, she met the love of her life, Bill Hartzell.
She was married to Bill in State College, PA on January 3, 1948. After the wedding, they settled in Redlands. They lived the rest of their lives in Redlands where the families of his mother and father were pioneers.
She was a member and past president of the Breakfast Club, of Chapter II of PEO, and of the Redlands Area Panhellenic Association. She had also been a Board member of the Redlands Day Nursery, the YWCA and the United Way. She worked for the YWCA as teen Director in 1948 and 1949. She was active in the PTA while her children were in school, was president of the Kingsbury PTA, and was awarded honorary life membership in PTA. For many years, she was either a Brownie leader, a Girl Scout leader or a Cub Scout leader.
She was preceded in death by her husband Bill in 1993. He was a former Redlands City Councilman and active in many community affairs. Both before and after his retirement in 1976, they both enjoyed traveling throughout the world. In 1978 they bought a vacation house in La Mision, Baja California, Mexico, which quickly became a very special place for their entire family.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Sarah Hartzell (Bob Simmons) of Boulder CO, William T. Hartzell Jr. (Annabel Chotzen) of Honolulu HI, and Andrew Hartzell (Howard Fites) of Redlands. She has three grandchildren, Kate Onken (Lance Onken), Jake Hartzell and Devin Chotzen-Hartzell.
Peggy was a strong, amazing woman who cared deeply about people. She touched the hearts of most of the people who knew her, and she will be sorely missed.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to BECA, a scholarship fund for children in La Mision, Mexico, c/o LMCF, 332 North Canyon Blvd., Monrovia, CA 91016; or the Geraldine Derkum Foundation c/o Redlands Panhellenic Association, or the First Congregational Church of Redlands.
A celebration of Peggy's life is scheduled for Saturday, February 17, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Congregational Church, 2 W. Olive Ave., Redlands, CA 92373.
Published in Redlands Daily Facts on Jan. 12, 2018
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