Cynthia A. Hertsel, 93, Columbia City, passed away at 6:17 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at her home at Miller’s at Oak Point Assisted Living Facility, Columbia City. Born Aug. 20, 1922 in Whitley County, she was the daughter of George O. and Louella (Stallsmith) Alexander.
She resided in Washington Township during the early years of her life and the last years of her life have been in Columbia City. She graduated from Washington Center High School with the Class of 1940. On Sept. 16, 1940, she married Donald L. Hertsel. She worked 12 years as manager of the Columbia Township School Cafeteria and then two years as a school secretary. She retired in 1987 after 14 years as an administrative secretary to the Whitley County Memorial Hospital. Cynthia was a member of the Columbia City United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women’s Society and the Town and Country Home Demonstration Club. She had also been active in the United Methodist Senior Program and in the Susanna Circle of Church Women.
Survivors include her children: Gloria (Steve) More, Columbia City; and George (Paula Dean) Hertsel, Auburn; five grandchildren: Kirk (Barbra) Hertsel; Kent (Andrea) Hertsel; Tricia Hertsel; Jeff (Christy) Chapman; and Jen (Mark) Bergdall; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Don Hertsel; sisters: Georgia Weird; and Evelyn Brower; and brothers: Clare; Harry; Carl; Alton; Fred; and George Ray Alexander.
Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, Columbia City. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, July 15, at the funeral home with Pastor David Arnold of Columbia City United Methodist Church officiating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband following the service at Nolt Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be given in Mrs. Hertsel’s memory to the American Heart Assoc., Heartland Hospice or the donor’s choice.