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Fern M. Hartz age 94 of Clinton, passed away Monday June 12, 2017 at Mercy Living Center North. A Mass will be celebrated on Thursday 11:00 AM, June 15 at Prince of Peace Parish. Visitation will be held Thursday 10:00 AM until the service hour at the church. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family. Memorials may be given to Mercy Living Center North. Burial will be at Clinton Lawn Cemetery. Casket bearers will be her grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com

Fern was born on March 20, 1923 in Andover, IA, the daughter of John and Malinda (Aude) Rittmer. She married Ted Hartz on Nov. 1, 1947 in Clinton; he died in 1996. She and her husband owned and operated Hartz Cycle and Lock in Clinton for over 30 years. She enjoyed feeding the birds, attending to her house plants, and playing games with her family.

Fern is survived by her three children, Linda Wenzel of Clinton, Sally (Larry) Nelson of Clinton, and Robert (Cindy) Hartz of Clinton; 7 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and a great-great grandson; a sister, Jane Dunlavy of Clinton; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a grandson, a great granddaughter, her brother, two sisters, her son-in-law, and two brothers-in-law.
Published on June 13, 2017
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