Frances Ruth Hartz, 88, of Delray Beach, Florida, died Sunday, March 21, 2021 at Trustbridge Hospice in Delray.
Born March 20, 1933 in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Rose and Joe Goldstein. She graduated from Scott High School in Coatesville in 1951.
Frances married the late Robert “Bob” Hartz on October 25, 1953 after meeting as counselors at summer camp. After they were married, Bob served in the Army and was stationed in Columbia, SC. They had two daughters, the late Terry Strauss and Penny Hartz. The family lived in Overbrook Park and Havertown. After Bob’s passing, Frances split her time between Margate, NJ and South Florida, before moving to Delray Beach full time.
Frances, who also went by Fran, Franny, Nana and G.G., is survived by her sister Iris Rochlin of Santa Monica, CA, her brother Melvyn Goldstein of Savannah, GA, her four grandchildren, Michael Strauss and his wife Beth of Bala Cynwyd, PA, Matthew Strauss of Denver, CO, Jessica O’Callaghan and her wife Lindsey of Oreland, PA, and Josh Wolfe of Alva, FL., and her two great-grandchildren, Quinn and Bella Strauss of Bala Cynwyd, PA. In addition, Fran is survived by countless cousins that she loved to keep in touch with, nieces and nephews that knew her as “Fun Aunt Fran”, step-grandsons that thought of her as “Grandma”, and a massive network of friends that describe Fran as the leader of their pack.
In Havertown, Fran and Bob ran a small family business, Bob Hartz Associates, selling china and other restaurant supplies. While Bob was the face and voice of the business, Fran wore many hats, and was the backbone of the company.
Fran adored her four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and was loved by countless friends. From riding her pony as a child in Coatesville to raising her family in Havertown, Fran became the Matriarch of her family and battled her way through tragedy. She was tough as nails and never let life get in the way of her having a good time, whatever it was she was doing. And there was nobody more social in South Florida than Fran. She was the ringleader amongst her enormous collection of friends. She kept busy daily by going to every show in the area, going to a movie and sneaking into another, getting the girls out for brunch or dinner, or organizing a card or mahjong game.
Everyone who met Fran, remembered her.
Everyone who got to know Fran, loved her.
Everyone who loved Fran, will miss her forever.
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 26, 2021 at Beth Israel Cemetery, Coatesville, PA.
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