Nancy Hetzel

Obituary of Nancy L. Hetzel

Nancy L. Hetzel passed away peacefully on the evening of June 30, 2021 at her residence in Brookdale Florham Park at the age of 93. Nancy was born January 5, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Arthur F. Leet and Agnes W. Russell. She was a descendant of William Leete, Governor of both the New Haven and Connecticut colonies. The family later moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey where Nancy grew up. She became interested in music at a young age, beginning violin lessons at age 10, and went on to play the violin for 75 more years. Nancy graduated as a music major from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1949. She went on to work for Columbia Artist Management in New York City. On April 16, 1955, she married Gregor L. Hetzel. Together the couple raised two daughters, Sandra and Margot, in Morristown, New Jersey. Nancy continued to play her violin and performed in several community orchestras throughout her life, most recently with the Delbarton Abbey Orchestra. She was a longtime member of The Presbyterian Church in Morristown and sang in the choir for many years, remaining an active member of the church until her death. Nancy had a great love for dogs. She raised and showed Irish Terriers for many years, and was a proud member of the Irish Terrier Club of New York and served as the Secretary of the Irish Terrier Club of America. She also raised a number of Dachshunds. Nancy is survived by her daughters Sandra Greenblatt and Margot Graham, son-in-laws Arthur Greenblatt and Scott Graham, granddaughters Rosie and Lilly Greenblatt, grandsons Sam and Jed Graham, and her 14-year-old dachshund, Fafner, who has been adopted into a loving home. A memorial service is planned at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown for early December, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Seeing Eye Morristown ( or Mt Pleasant Animal Shelter ( 
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