Dorothy Hartzler

July 4, 2014 

Dorothy Lee Hartzler

Nov. 2, 1929 - June 25, 2014

Dorothy Lee Hartzler, 84, of Harrisonville, died Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at Adrian Manor.

She was born Nov. 2, 1929. Her parents were Paul and Fannie Shank Hershey.

Dorothy grew up in Cheraw, Colo. She attended Hesston College in Hesston, Kan., and graduated from Goshen College in Goshen, Ind., in 1951, with a BA in Home Economics. Dorothy taught at Berean Academy in Elbing, Kan., from 1951-1954, and at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, Ind., from 1954-1956.

On Aug. 3, 1956, Dorothy married Jay Hartzler and moved to Harrisonville.

She continued teaching Home Economics the next five years at Peculiar High School in Peculiar. Dorothy is remembered most by her service to the community through her work at Kinder Kastle Nursery School, which she led in establishing in 1968, and by her service through the Harrisonville Mennonite Church in establishing Harrisonville Christian School. Dorothy was a charter member of the Harrisonville Mennonite Church and a faithful church member. She was committed to the ministry of Christian education. She earned an MA in Education from Oral Roberts University 1993.

Dorothy set an example of excellence. She desired to see children come to know and serve the Lord. She retired as an administrator of the Harrisonville Christian School in 1995, after 27 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jay Hartzler.

She is survived by her children; Kathleen and Don Miller, Lowell and Vicky Hartzler, Douglas and Becky Hartzler, grandchildren; David Richard Lockwood, Nathan and Faith Hartzler, Matthew and Kathryn Hartzler, Levi Miller, Andrew Hartzler, Tiffany Hartzler, a great-granddaughter, Melody Hartzler and her three stepsisters, Pauline Hartzler, Joy Blair, and Jean Hershey

Funeral service were June 30 at Harrisonville Community Church with burial in Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City.

Family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Dorothy Hartzler Christian Education Fund.

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Arrangements: Dickey Funeral Home, 2401 E. Mechanic St., Harrisonville, MO 64701; 816-884-6244.

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