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Jack Hetzel

Founding Member
Bass Drummer
Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes & Drums,
died Monday, August 9th 1999.

Truly, "A Man You Don't Meet Everyday."

Funeral services and burial were private and held in the Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven. In attendance, were family members and an honor guard consisting of members of the Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums. The Corps played "Nearer My God to Thee", "The Wayworn Traveller" from the 18th century operetta "The Forester", and "Sherman's March". Jack had previously mentioned to corps members that he would like to have the latter two tunes performed at graveside by "a couple of fifers".

Interred with Jack were the ashes of his beloved wife, Mabel.

Reprint of Hartford Courant Obituary, Monday, August 9th 1999


John E. Hetzel, 92, of South Windham, formerly of Coventry, husband of the late Mabel (Richards) Hetzel, died Monday, (August 9, 1999) at a local convalescent home. Born June 5, 1907 in Southport, son of the late Dr. Joseph Hetzel and Mary Hughes (Wells) Hetzel, he had been a resident of Coventry for 42 years until he moved to South Windham in 1993. Prior to his retirement in 1972, Mr. Hetzel was employed as a process planner for United Technologies. Since his retirement, Mr. Hetzel was very involved in the field of historic preservation and cultural history. He served on the steering committee at the time of Coventry's 250th or Quarter-Millennial Celebration in 1962 and shortly thereafter, was instrumental in the formation of the Coventry Historical Society and in Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums, Inc. In 1974 he served on the Historic Districts Study Committee. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert C. and Patricia Hetzel of Manchester; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan H. and Frederick Schmidt of Meriden, and Tamar H. and Richard MacFadyen of South Windham; a daughter- in-law, Maria T. Hetzel of Waterford; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Donald R. Hetzel and three brothers, Dr. Joseph Linn Hetzel, Paul Hunt Hetzel, and Roderick Wells Hetzel. Funeral services and burial will be private in Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven. There are no calling hours. There will be a public memorial service at a later date and time to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums Inc., P.O. Box 1776, Coventry, 06238. Holmes Funeral Home, Manchester, has care of the arrangements.

Published in The Courant: 8/11/99

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