NORWALK, Ohio —
Samuel (Sam) D. Hartzell, 68, of Norwalk, Ohio, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at his home after a lengthy and hard-fought battle with cancer. A long time educator, community member and overall loving man, he will be truly missed by many.
Sam was born Feb. 17, 1945, at home in Adamsville to the late Aaron and Anna Mae Butterfield Hartzell. He graduated from Linesville High School in 1963 and graduated from Edinboro University with a degree in education. He worked for Norwalk City schools, where he later retired after more than 40 years teaching subjects in social studies and world geography. He was never far from teaching as he also administered the GED test several times a year and assisted students with graduating who were in an alternative program.
In his retirement, he was very active with Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Friends of the Norwalk Library, the Norwalk Lions Club, and also gave tours at the Marblehead Lighthouse. He had a love for the ocean and would frequent the Outer Banks of North Carolina every year.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Burr Hartzell; and three children, Lanny and Vicky Howell of Norwalk, Deanna Engelhardt (Tim Bell) of Canandaigua, N.Y., and Nicole Betschman of Laurel, Md. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Joe Farris, Hayley Engelhardt and Marissa Moyer; in addition to three great-grandchildren, Joseph Farris II, Bentley Pounds and Aiden Moyer. He is also survived by his sister, Janice Easler of Greenville; and two brothers, Grant and Shirley Hartzell of Grove City, and Gary and Lana Hartzell of Linesville. He also has several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews whom he loved greatly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred Wise Hartzell; his brother, Thomas Hartzell; and his nephew, Alan Zoner.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stein Hospice, 2500 Sycamore Line Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44870; or the flower fund of Norwalk Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd., Norwalk, Ohio 44857.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Norwalk Presbyterian Church.
Arrangements will be handled by Walker Funeral Home of Norwalk, Ohio. Online condolences may be made by going to edwalkerfuneralhome.com.