Wanda F Hartz

Sep 27, 1925 - Apr 24, 2014



Wanda was born in Floydada Texas, the eldest of five children. Her parents, Clyde and Lois Falls, moved the family to Denver, Colorado, where she spent most of her life and where many of her siblings’ families still reside. Her father worked hard in lean times, but her parents were always able to provide the family’s needs. She graduated from South High in Denver and worked for public service until she met and married Chet Hartz, who went on to become an officer in the US Air Force for twenty years. Together with daughter, Darlene, and son, Richard, the Hartz family lived in Colorado, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, Wyoming, California, Mississippi and two years in Taegu, South Korea. Wanda always taught her children to treat each move as an adventure. She always said, “Home—is where the four of us are together.” The family’s last move was back to Sacramento, California in 1968 where they had lived prior.

 Though she had several jobs in her lifetime, Wanda always counted wife and mother as the most important. Her faith in Jesus Christ was the centerpiece of her life. All she did for others, she did to please her Savior.

Wanda and Chet were both very musically oriented. Mom played the piano, and she and Chet were often asked to sing alto/tenor duets in church. Everywhere they moved they were both very active in the church they attended. The friendships that were spawned from sharing their faith with other church families enriched the rest of their lives.

 Her loving husband, Chet, passed away in 2001, but Wanda’s life remained closely entwined with Rick’s and Darlene’s families. Wanda’s greatest joys were family events, church events, and fellowshipping with church friends. One of her passions was the food closet at Carmichael Presbyterian Church where she worked until very recently. She was also very active in her Sunday school class and other church ministries at The Church on Cypress. She was extremely close to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and always took an active interest in their lives. 

 Wanda never liked being the center of attention. Many times before her birthday she would adamantly warn us NOT to arrange a party, especially a surprise party. Her family was not willing to challenge her on this one. She was quite content just having family at the dinner table in her honor.

No words would ever be adequate to express the place Wanda has in the hearts of her family and friends. Learning to live without her in this life will be difficult, but we live in the knowledge that we will one day be together again!

Wanda is survived by her two brothers, Keith and Bobby, her younger sister, Janice, daughter Darlene, son Rick, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.


  • Bill & Ila McIlvain says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to you Darlene and Rick and your families. What a legacy your mom has left for all of you. And what a friend she, and your dad, have been through the years. We met them shortly after they moved to Cheyenne, at church, and we developed such a close bond that it has lasted for all these years. We share the fun times and the valleys of life – precious memories. Our love to all of you— Bill * Ila

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