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Dorothy B. Hentzel

Dorothy B. Hentzel

Dorothy Betty Hentzel, nee Utz, 91, of New Athens, IL, born September 20, 1929 in Belleville, IL, passed away Wednesday July 28, 2021 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens. Mrs. Hentzel was a homemaker and retired librarian from the New Athens Library.  She was a member of St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, VFW Post 7710 Ladies’ Auxiliary and the Lions Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; John W. and Dorothy (Emge) Utz, her beloved husband; Marvin W. Hentzel, whom she married on September 23, 1950 at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens and who passed away on August 30, 2016, her sister; Jayne Wasson, brother Norbert Utz and son-in-law; Alan Schmidt.

Dorothy is survived by her four children; Joel (Angie) Hentzel of Smithton, IL, Jan (Craig) Schwartz of Freeburg, IL, Jeana Schmidt of Marissa, IL, Julie (Mike) Crowe of Edwardsville, IL, eleven grandchildren; Jonathon (fiancé – Jill Stuckey) Hentzel, Jennifer Hentzel, Allison (Chad) Carrico, Laura (Brad) Davis, Brad (Katie) Taake, Chris (Rebecca) Schwartz, Jordan Schwartz, Jackie (Phil) Weaver, Joanna (Matt) Lindauer, Megan Crowe, Brian Crowe and twelve great grandchildren.  Also surviving are sister-in-law; Wilda Utz of O’Fallon, IL and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to St. Agatha Parish or to the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens.

Visitation: Friends and family may attend from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday July 30, 2021 and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. on Saturday July 31, 2021 at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL.  A recitation of the Rosary will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday July 30, 2021 at the funeral home.

Funeral:  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens with Fr. Von Deeke officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Agatha Cemetery in New Athens.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Michael Buettner says:

    So sorry to learn of Dorothy’s passing. Another of the finest ladies of New Athens. Our condolences to Joel, Jan and the rest of the family.
    Mike and Dawn Buettner

  2. Betty & George Klazynski says:

    Dorothy was the sweetest person, loved by all her family and friends. Dancing now with Marvin, both great examples of lives well lived. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

    • Don & Sharen Rickert says:

      I remember Dorothy as a wonderful woman, who always wore a smile and spoke kind words. We extend our condolences and prayers for her family.

  3. Loren Kolditz says:

    Dorothy and Marvin were very close friends and wonderful neighbors since they moved into their house and from early childhood. She called regularly just to say “Hi”. I will certainly miss her. My deepest sympathy to the family.


  4. Denny and nanette rieso says:

    So sorry for your loss

  5. Tanya, Curt, Piper and Kylie Brown says:

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. She was always so kind when I saw her.

  6. Donna Reuss says:

    Prayers for comfort during this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy to Dorothy’s family.

  7. Cathy Sinn Flowers says:

    Another lovely woman I remember from Sunday Masses at St. Agatha Church when I was growing up. Jeana, I am so sorry for your loss. Eternal Rest grant unto her, O LORD…. Peace.

  8. Nanette Campbell says:

    Deepest sympathies❤️ I always enjoyed my conversations with you mom. She was a blessing to everyone that knew her. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers ✝️🙏

  9. Ron & Kim Hampton says:

    Dorothy was a true gem. We sure will miss this beautiful soul.

  10. Pat Bartsokas-Huth says:

    Dorothy was a high school buddy of mine and I have fond memories of fun times we shared Those fun times extended to our lives as mother’s, for our children were in school together,too. My deepest sympathy to the family—may all your memories be happy ones

  11. Jim and Pam Hammel says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Dorothy’s family. Such a kind and lovely lady. She is at peace. Until we meet again. Rest In Peace

  12. Savanah Sinn says:

    My prayers and condolences to you all during this time! I absolutely loved her and it was a pleasure to know her. I am happy she is at peace. Prayers❤

  13. My sympathy to you all. Dorothy was a special lady.

  14. Sue Ann Werner says:

    Lovely Lady, so sweet and kind! Sympathies to all.

  15. Susie Keifer Owen says:

    Loving thoughts and prayers for the Hentzel family. Some of my best childhood memories were made at her home with her family!

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