November 29, 2012
Gertrude Hartz died at Hill View Retirement Center, Portsmouth, on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012.
A daughter of George and Helen Banchy, she was born Sept. 18, 1916. She was a 1934 graduate of Holy Redeemer School in Portsmouth. Gertrude was a graduate of Providence Hospital, a division of Catholic University Nursing School in Washington, D.C., in 1945 and American University in Washington, D.C., in 1966. From March to September 1945 she served at Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., as a Cadet Corps nurse until the end of World War II. After more than 60 years of combined government medical and nursing service at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., Gertrude and her husband, Dr. Robert K. Hartz, retired to Glendale, Ariz., in 1980. Following Dr. Hartz’s death in 1996, Gertrude moved back to Portsmouth where she took up residence at Hill View Retirement Center in 2001.
Besides her parents, Gertrude was proceeded in death by three former spouses: William A. Weidner, Jeremiah Bradley, and Dr. Robert K. Hartz. Also preceding her in death were four brothers: George, Joseph, Tunis, and Mark Banchy, and three sisters: Olga Kopp, Martha (Sister M. Isabelle) Banchy, and Ruth Warren. She is survived by two brothers: Paul D. Banchy of Eau Claire, Wis., and William G. Banchy of Cincinnati, and two sisters: Helen Hurly of Minot, N.D., and Mary Ann Lang of Portsmouth. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are with Melcher Funeral Home. Hours of visitation will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, with rosary to be recited at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Redeemer Church on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at 10 a.m. Rev. Adam Stretenberger officiating. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.