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Juanita  Hetchler

Juanita Hetchler

February 14, 2018

Juanita (Nita) Irwin Hetchler

Nita passed away at home with family on February 14, 2018.  After 96 years of a full and busy life, her heart could do no more.

Juanita was born on October 9, 1921 near Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Clark Winfield Irwin and Minnie Centennia Hawley Irwin.  She was the youngest of eleven children, all of whom preceded her in death.

Nita married Raymond Clayton Hetchler on Aprill 1,1952 in Mississippi where he was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base.  Their only chlld, Kathleen (Katy) Hetchler Forsythe, was born a year later.

Nita worked at a variety of jobs - nanny, secretary, and food service worker. But her real focus was on being a wonderful wife and mother, and later grandmother and great grandmother,  She loved these roles.

Nita and Ray traveled widely, living in nine states and traveling to many more places, including Alaska and the Canadian Rockies. She loved family camping trips, and especially taking the grandchildren to see the western United States.

Nita was determined to be in a helping role wherever she was.  She was very talented at handcrafting beautiful things - baby blankets and sweaters, quilts, clothing, mittens and more - all to be given to others.  Her passion for baking, especially pies, was greatly appreciated by visitors to her home. 

Nita was preceded in death by her father and mother, ten siblings, and son-in-law, Daniel Forsythe.  She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Raymond Hetchler, her daughter, Kathleen (Katy) Hetchler Forsythe, grandsons, Nathan Daniel Forsythe and Ryan Patrick Forsythe, granddaughter Therese (Tessie) Forsythe Hill, grandson-in-law, Randy James Hill and two great grandchildren, Oliver Daniel Hill and Paige Mackenzie Hill.

Arrangements are pending.


Arrangements are pending.