Tonawanda News


June 8, 2013

Ruby Whitefield Hetzel

KENMORE — Ruby (nee Nice) Whitefield Hetzel, age 91, of Tonawanda, died Thursday, June 6, 2013, at      Kenmore Mercy Hospital, after a brief illness. Born in Newstead, NY, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Edna (nee Heatherly) Nice and had been a lifelong resident of Tonawanda. Ruby was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and had worked as a school nurse at Riverview, Fletcher and St. Francis Schools before retiring. She was the wife of the late H. Richard Whitefield, who died in 1985.

She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Hetzel; four children, H. Richard (Kathleen)     Whitefield, Mimi (Clease) Bair, John (Susan) Whitefield and Michelle (Kirke) Wheeler; and three step-children, Linda (Steven) Lembke, Peter (Carol) Hetzel and Robert (Drena) Hetzel. Also surviving are eight grandchildren, six brothers and sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

There is no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Friday, June 28, at St. Francis Chapel on Adam Street in Tonawanda. Friends invited. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.  If desired, memorials to a charity of your choice are preferred by the family.  

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