May-Hart C. Hertel
(aka Cookie Hertel)
Sept. 1, 1940 – March 21, 2021
It is with great sadness that her family announces the death of May/Cookie Hertel. After 21 years of living with Parkinson’s disease, she died comfortably at home surrounded by love. She was not afraid to die and her family and friends can be comforted by the promises of the Christian faith, which was so central to May’s life.
May was a person who taught many lessons through the way she lived even more than through the words she spoke. She looked for the good in EVERYONE. She was an excellent listener, but when she spoke, she spoke with compassion and wisdom. She explored things she loved in music, art, study and learning. She loved conversations, discussions, learning and connecting with people.
May was active throughout her life in churches, working with youth, small groups and preaching. After being an at-home mom for many years, she went to work as the Special Assistant to the Associate Dean at College of DuPage in Illinois. Then, she returned to school and obtained her Masters of Divinity degree. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church at age 60, and she enjoyed a career as a Chaplain for Pike’s Peak Hospice in Colorado Springs, CO. She retired after 11 years as her health deteriorated. In recent years, she loved taking art classes and participating in Tremble Clefs, a choir for Parkinson’s patients.
May is survived by her husband of 59 years, Joe Hertel; her daughter, Sue (Mitch); son Joe (Judy); son Andy (Tanya) and grandchildren Caitlyn, Declan, Delaney, Eleanor & Marianne. She is also survived by her sisters Ansie (Neil) and Peggy and numerous nieces and nephews.
Her family is so grateful for the care and support provided Care for the Heart and by Hospice of the Valley in Surprise, AZ in the final weeks of her life. A celebration of her life will be held on Zoom in the coming weeks. Please contact the family for further details.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following organizations in honor of May’s life:
West Side Tremble Clefs, (P.O. Box 1161, Sun City, AZ 85372, checks made out to “Tremble Clefs Arizona”) or TrembleClefsArizona.org
Life Discovery Ministries (PO Box 11347, Glendale, AZ 85318, checks made out to “Life Discovery Ministries”) or lifediscovery.live
A Zoom memorial service has been scheduled for Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 1:00PM Arizona time.
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