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Ruth L. (Brockelbank) Hetnar

Ruth L. (Brockelbank) Hetnar, 79, wife of the late Harry Hetnar, formerly of Spring Street, Ipswich, died Saturday August 16, 2008 in the Blueberry Hill Healthcare Center in Beverly following her extended illness.

Born in Ipswich November 13, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Ralph C. and Bertha K. (Lowe) Brockelbank. Married in 1950 in the former Sacred Heart Church in Ipswich, the Hetnars owned and operated Common Fields Nursery for many years. She was a talented home gardener as well, and enjoyed knitting and crocheting and hooking rugs for family and friends. She was a longtime enthusiastic volunteer at the Ipswich Information Booth and will be remembered for her fun loving nature. Most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her son, Richard H. Hetnar, her daughter, Mary E. Canzano, grandchildren Melanie A. Hetnar, Jeffrey R. Hetnar, Nicholas Canzano and Cassidy Canzano, all of Ipswich. She is also survived by a brother, Richard N. Brockelbank and a sister, Mabel Kiepaz, both of Ipswich, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Ralph C. “Jim” Brockelbank, Walter Brockelbank, Hilda Gill and Mildred E. Brockelbank, all formerly of Ipswich. 

Her funeral service will be held Wednesday August 20 at 10 am in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. Family and friends respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours will be Tuesday 4 to 8 pm. Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Blueberry Hill Healthcare Center, 75 Brimball Avenue, Beverly, MA 01915


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