Harriett Heartz

Obituary of Harriett Heartz

Harriett S. Heartz , born as Harriett Sweatt on 12/31/1925 in Contoocook NH,  passed away peacefully, under the loving care of Vitas Hospice, on 12/29/2017.   She was the youngest of 7 children: 2 sisters, Viola and Cora, and 4 brothers.  She grew up helping on the family farm before attending and receiving her diploma from Concord Commercial College in 1945.

            On 11/27/1947 she married a returning WWII soldier, Robert A. Heartz, from Exter, NH.  She left the farm.  Together they travelled across the states while he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering.  Harriett helped him with papers and also financially.  Her most notable job was with Boeing.  Their travels continued while he was working for Honeywell.  Their first child Daniel was born in 1951 while they were living in Minneapolis.  Another job took them to Utica / Manlius NY where their second child Geralyn was born in 1956.  Their children were baptized in the Catholic faith.  She was also active in the church.

            In 1962 they finally settled in DeLand FL.  Robert was sent to Florida to work with General Electric on the Apollo Program.  Harriett was not interested in moving to Florida until her husband promised her she could have land and a farm.  They bought 32 acres off of Orange Camp Road which quickly became home to dogs, cats, cows, and horses.  She had a great love for horses.  As a member of the West Volusia Saddle Club, she and her horses amassed ribbons and trophies throughout the years.  Another of her activities, where she also amassed ribbons and trophies, was bowling.

            In 1974 she received an RN degree from Daytona Beach Community College: she put that degree to work in the pediatric ward at West Volusia Memorial Hospital (now Florida Hospital DeLand).  Once retired Harriett and Robert sold most of their land on Orange Camp Road and moved within downtown DeLand.  They enjoyed their retirement.  Harriet was an avid reader and an exceptional scrabbled player.  She also enjoyed gardening.

            Anyone who knew her knew that she was fun loving and often enjoyed pushing the edges.  She was born without a filter and, she knew it, yet those who know her loved her for her acerbic wit and very kind heart.  When God made her He broke the mold.  She was indeed one of a kind.

            She outlived her husband and eventually moved to Savanah Court in Orange City.  She is survived by her son Daniel Heartz and her daughter Geralyn Heartz.  Both live in DeLand Florida.

            Lankford is in charge of the service and will open at 5:00 pm on Friday, January 12, 2018 for a meet and greet, followed by a service at 5:30.  Coffee and wine will be available.  Your visit, no matter how short, will be appreciated.