Hazel M. Hartenstine owned Trudi K Shop in Lititz, founded Faith U.M. Church with her husband

By on March 13, 2013

Hazel May Hartenstine, formerly of Lititz, entered into rest after a lengthy illness at Conestoga View, Lancaster, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.

She was the wife of Harold M. Hartenstine, with whom she celebrated 62 years of marriage in November. Born in Clearfield County, she was the daughter of the late Victor and Edith Staub Lefever.

During her early married life, Hazel was a homemaker and loving mother to her two children. Her flair for fashion was the inspiration for her opening a dress boutique, the Trudi K Shop, in Lititz, in the early ’70s. Her love of people made her a successful sales manager at her other jobs in subsequent years at Gordon’s Jewelers, Main Street Peddler, and her daughter’s shop, Heavenly Soaps & Scents.

She was a Sunday school teacher at Neffsville United Methodist Church. Later, she and her husband opened their home to start the beginnings of what is now Faith United Methodist Church.

Her greatest joy in life was her family — her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son: Terry L. Hartenstine, married to Deborah, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; and a daughter: Trudi K., wife of Terry L. Connelly, Lititz; grandchildren: Jason Hartenstine, Jennifer Hartenstine Felty, Shannon Connelly, Heather Connelly Gale, Tyler Connelly, Nicholas Connelly, Trey Connelly and Halle Connelly; six great-grandchildren; and one sister: Anna Gerlitski of Manheim.

She was preceded in death by five brothers: Raymond, Arthur, Victor Jr., John and Edward; and one sister: Betty.

Hazel’s life celebration service was held at Long Memorial U.M. Church in Neffsville March 9 with Rev. Kent Kroehler and Rev. Bruce Lefever officiating. Interment was in the adjoining church cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Those desiring to give in Hazel’s memory may send contributions to Faith United Methodist Church, 1290 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, PA 17543.

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