Mary Ann (Flanagan) Hartzel

Born: Sat., May 6, 1944
Died: Tue., Dec. 25, 2012


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 28, 2012
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Fri., Dec. 28, 2012
Location: Myers - Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
Location: The White Church

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
Location: The White Church

Graveside Service

12:45 PM Sat., Dec. 29, 2012
Location: Bethany Cemetery

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Mary Ann (Flanagan) Hartzel

Warm & Welcoming Smile -

Mary Ann (Flanagan) Hartzel, 68, of Mechanicsburg, died at home and surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, December 25, 2012, after a long battle with ALS.  She was born in Baltimore, MD, on Saturday, May 6, 1944, daughter of the late John Ad Flanagan and Glendora (Liler) Flanagan.  Mary was the wife of Raymond Edward Hartzel, Sr. whom she married on June 14, 1963.

Mary retired in 2010 from McDonald’s in Mechanicsburg where she was known as the “Pin Lady” and for her warm and welcoming smile.  She loved to do crafts, ceramics, reading and gardening, especially growing her famous tomatoes.  Mary was a “clean freak” who took joy in her spotless home which housed her renowned magnet collection.  During retirement she especially enjoyed sitting in her sun room while reading and doing word searches.  Every Monday, Mary and her husband, Ray, would see a movie at Cinema Center and every Friday for over four years, Mary and her daughters, Karen and Beth, would go shopping and out to eat.  This, along with the time Mary spent with her son, Ray, and granddaughter, Ella, at their home was precious and will be cherished forever by her family.

Mary’s survivors include her loving husband of almost 50 years, Raymond “Ray” Edward Hartzel, Sr.; her two daughters, Karen Martin of Churchtown, Beth Hartzel of Camp Hill; her two sons, Raymond “Ray” Edward Hartzel, Jr. and his wife Nell and their daughter Ella of Mechanicsburg, and Bill Fishbaugh of North Carolina.  Among those preceding Mary in death are her three children: Sherry, John and Amy; and one sister.

All are welcome to join Mary’s family at her viewing on Friday, December 28, 2012, from 5:00 until time of service at 7:00 at Myers–Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, and at her viewing on Saturday, December 29, 2012, from 11:00 until time of service at 12:00 at The White Church/Christ Church at Church and Field Roads in Barnesville, PA, with Celebrant Alan Echard officiating.  Burial will follow in Bethany Cemetery in Barnesville.  Mary’s family invites everyone to join them for a time of food and fellowship following the burial.

The family suggests memorial contributions to ALS Association - Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Ambler, PA 19002.

Mary’s family has entrusted her care to Myers–Buhrig Funeral Home and Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Mary’s full obituary, share your memories and photos, offer your condolences and view her memorial video and portrait at

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