Debra Jane Hartzell
Debra Jane Hartzell
  • October 16, 1951 - June 8, 2017
  • Fairhaven, Massachusetts

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Debra J. (Brodo) Hartzell, age 65 of Fairhaven, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 in St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of Jack A. Hartzell Sr., for Forty Five years.

Born in New Bedford, a daughter of the late Stephen and Ruth (Benjamin) Brodo. A lifelong area resident, she was a graduate of New Bedford High School, class of 1969. Before falling ill, she worked for Little Peoples College in the transportation department for the last ten years.

Debra loved her family, always looked forward to visits from her in-laws from New York, was a devout Catholic, enjoyed going to the YMCA, attending benefits that supported cancer research, the Relay for Life, she loved her pets Blake and the Queen Cat Olivia, enjoyed playing cards with family and loved gardening.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jack A. Hartzell, Jr. of New York and Joshua Lee Hartzell of Fairhaven; three sisters, Karen, Gail and Stacy; a brother Kevin; and two grandchildren Lexi and Katie; and many brother in-laws and sister in-laws. She was the sister of the late Robert Brodo and Stephen Brodo Jr..

Visitation for Debra will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00PM in the Waring-Sullivan Home of Fairlawn, 180 Washington Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719. Burial private. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Debra's name may be made to: Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care, 206 Mill Road, Fairhaven, MA 02726. Relatives and friends invited. For tributes and online registration: