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(November 5, 1927 - February 17, 2013)

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Rutland Theresa Scognio Hetzel, RN

Theresa S. Hetzel, 85, died Sunday February 17th 2013 at Fletcher Allen Health Care surrounded by her husband of 64 years and her nine children.

She was born in Patterson, New Jersey on November 5, 1926, daughter of James and Theresa Scognio.

Theresa graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1948 as a Registered Nurse. She worked in various hospitals and nursing homes in the area, as well as Brandon Training School. Her deep compassion for others, combined with her old fashioned nursing ways, made her a treasured nurse and dearly beloved mom.

Theresa is survived by her husband, Gunther, and her nine children: Donna Greeno and her husband, Clarence, of Pittsford; Tommy Hetzel and his wife, Karen, of North Easton, MA; Artie Hetzel and his wife, Patty, of North Clarendon; Theresa Anderson of Proctor; Carolyn Hanrahan and her husband, Christopher, of Pittsford; Gunthur Jr. (G.K.) and his wife, Kristy, of Richmond; Rosie Piontek and her husband, Walter, of Center Rutland; Maria McDonough and her husband, Dan, of Brandon; and Jimmy Hetzel and his wife, Darlene, of Rutland. She is also survived by 27 loving grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Theresa was predeceased by a granddaughter, Christine Greeno, and son-in-law, Gordie Anderson.

A mother figure to everyone she met, Theresa taught us to never take a single day for granted. Each day was a blessed gift from God, and this Christian faith shined through her profound patriotism and deep love of country. Theresa loved her rides in the car, family gatherings, yard sails, and going out to eat. Above all, she treasured time with her loving husband and large, ever-growing, “loud” family. She was a selfless and caring woman who consistently put other’s needs ahead of her own. Heaven lent us an angel for 85 years and now she’s been called back home. We love and miss you mommy. XOXO

Funeral services will take place at Christ the King Church on Thursday, February 21st at 11am. Memorial contributions can be made to your local chapter of the American Legion to honor her devout love of country.

Arrangements are being handled by the Barnard Funeral Home in Pittsford


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