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Beatrice Marie Hertel
  • July 27, 1937
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  • October 04, 2019

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Beatrice Marie Hertel (nee Thigpen – Fleenor), known to her friends as “Bea”, died Friday, October 4th, 2019 at Gulf Coast Medical Center after 82 wonderful years of life.  She was born July 27, 1937 in Warren, Ohio to Paul W. and Mary E. Thigpen, Sr.

Mrs. Hertel was a resident of Southington, Ohio for 22 years, where she became the first female Director of the Trumbull County Welfare Department before ultimately retiring after 31 years to Fort Myers, Florida.  Mrs. Hertel also volunteered at Hope Hospice and as a Guardian Ad Litem during her retirement.  Her greatest joys in life were her family, and in her later years, her little dog Zoey.  Mrs. Hertel was known for her giving nature and positive outlook on life.  She was always there with uplifting words for her friends and family.

She is survived by two daughters, Paula Engstrom and Patti (Kevin) Anderson of Fort Myers, Florida, three grandchildren: Maribeth (Richard) Fonda of Winterville, Georgia, Danielle Engstrom of Athens, Georgia, and Kyle Anderson of Fort Myers, Florida, as well as two great grandchildren, Asher and Peyton Fonda and her three siblings, Charlene Troy, Darlene Hovis, and Paul Thigpen Jr., as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Clyde “Curly” Fleenor (married 42 years), Gerald Hertel (married 2 years), and an infant son.

The family held a private celebration.


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  1. 16 Oct 2019
    Debbie and Ed Rooks says:
    Patti, Kevin and Paula and your families, so sad to hear of your Mom's passing.
    As your hearts are aching, bring to mind the sweetest memories or funny special moment that will help you smile through the tears.
    May sweet, happy memories and God's love comfort you in the days ahead,
    You are in our hearts always. Deepest sympathies

  2. 10 Oct 2019
    Sherry says:
    So sorry to here about her passing.i have a place right next door to her. I only come down 3 weeks a year. She was a great neighbor.

  3. 10 Oct 2019
    Jenni Gearheart says:
    Dear Bea ,a great and accomplished lady loved by many. She brought us great joy in our lives thru knowing her and allowing us to know her family and share in their lives. Praying for comfort and peace with love to all who are missing her.

  4. 10 Oct 2019
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  9. 09 Oct 2019
    Ladonna Smith says:
    Bea was such a loving caring person and a wonderful friend! Will miss her but always hold a special place in my heart! Peace and comfort to all of you

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