Myrtle N Hodapp

March 14, 1927November 17, 2021

Myrtle Jacqueline Newbern Hodapp, 94, passed away on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, with her beloved family at her bedside. She was born in Pearson, Georgia on March 14, 1927 to the late Minnie Moore Newbern, and Jake Newbern. After finishing school at 17, she caught a train to Washington, D.C. to find work.

She was a lifelong public servant starting in D.C. and ending in Marietta, Georgia, in between moving around the country with her husband, Luther Joseph Hodapp, who was a career Marine, and her three daughters. She was a woman of deep faith and firm convictions who never shied from speaking her mind, which was always guided by her strong moral compass. Her path was clear and certain - and never wavered in defense of those in need or an act of kindness. Her delicious kitchen was always open to friends and family.

Coming from deep South Georgia, she became a Catholic and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Rita Lane and Susan Cathleen Hodapp Williams, both of Marietta; six grandchildren Aaron Flesner of Highlands Ranch Colorado, Michael , ‘Christopher and Ryan Lane; Sarah Williams of Chicago, Illinois; Anna Fredrickson of Austin Texas; Three great grandchildren, Amelia Flesner and Hadley May Flesner of Highlands Ranch Colorado; Luke Noah Fredrickson of Austin Texas. And, her beloved friend and caregiver, Myra McDole. She was pre-deceased in death by her loving daughter , Jo Ann Flesner ; five sisters and one brother. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Saint Vincent de Paul Society or the Salvation Army. The funeral service will be at the Catholic Church of Saint Ann , Marietta Georgia on November 24 at 11:00 AM with burial at Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery.


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    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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    Wednesday, November 24, 2021


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Sarah Williams

November 23, 2021

To know Myrtle Hodapp was to know a woman with the strongest mind, compassion and sense of "good sense." I was lucky to know her as Grandma, though the 17 year old who took off for the big city in D.C. in search of an adventure and career shined through her always. It's impossible to think of Grandma without thinking of her cooking, which was divine. From fried chicken to mashed potatoes (which she diligently made 10 pounds of for me when I got braces) to German Chocolate Cake and Christmas cookies, the most special thing wasn't just how delicious her cooking was, but how she shared it so generously with others. She passed that love of cooking on to me, and I'm so grateful to be able to feed others with that same kind of love. I could go on and on, but, that wasn't Grandma's way. Short, sweet and full of wisdom, she always knew the right words. I'm so happy to celebrate her wonderful 94 years on earth, and will miss her greatly. I love you Grandma!

Anna Fredrickson

November 22, 2021

Grandma was one of the most special people in the whole world; I love her and miss her so much. She welcomed anyone into her home, where the real treat was her kitchen, which was somehow always full of the most incredible food. If time is one of the most precious resources in our busy world today, Grandma was remarkably selfless with hers. She would spend hours baking or cooking for others, passing out bags of cookies and pies at Christmas time. She made beautiful art projects, like her lovely Christmas trees, to give away to others. One summer, she came over often to teach me how to bake, memories I will always cherish.

Grandma was a dynamic woman who didn’t meet typical expectations—in the best of ways. She was unafraid to try things on her own and learn the ropes herself, like when she went off to Washington DC at 17 to find a career. She fiercely and unapologetically spoke her mind, speaking truths that most are afraid to admit. I loved Grandma so much. I am comforted to know that she is at peace, watching over us all. I will always think of her in the smell of fresh baked cookies and hot fried chicken. I love you and miss you Grandma.

Regina Bridges

November 20, 2021

I loved Myrtle. Her radiant smile and love will always stay
with me. Myrtle had a beautiful love of God, the Heavenly Father.

Here is a prayer we said together the last week of her earthly life.

"Stay with me Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. 
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen. "

Barry Bogle

November 20, 2021

Myrtle's voice, kindness and sense of humor will remain forever in my heart, and her strength of will, intelligence and character continue to inspire. Our family is very happy to have been blessed with knowing her. Much love and healing blessings to Myrtle's family at this time.

Rebecca Rebecca

November 19, 2021

We loved myrtle. She had a contagious laugh, always sweet, pleasant and interested in you. I can still her her lovely southern voice.

Christopher Lane

November 19, 2021

There was and is no one stronger who I could call Grandma. She energized the room wherever she went with kindness and compassion. Her love of cooking drove me to attend Culinary Arts School. She taught me not only cooking, but also life lessons that I can and will always remember. "Have a mind of your own", she would always say. I will always honor and cherish the way she lived through her constant love of her family. You will be missed, but always in our hearts. Love you Grandma.

Gwen Spence

November 19, 2021

When I moved to Forest Lane about 25 years ago, Myrtle was among the few original residents who lived here. As time passed by, and the other long-time neighbors had gradually passed away, Myrtle was the last to still be alive.

Even though Myrtle began developing physical issues, she remained mentally alert . . . and very curious about what was going on in our neighborhood. Oh, the stories she could tell!

Myrtle loved her children, grandchildren, and other family members so very much!
She eventually learned to love a neighborhood cat almost as much as she loved her dog.

Myrtle maintained her home and yard beautifully, with professional help, as long as she lived.

It is sad to learn of Myrtle's passing. Our neighborhood will not feel the same without her.

Fond wishes to Myrtle's family,
Gwen Spence

earl slayton

November 19, 2021

I worked with Mrs Hodapp. Mrs Hodapp approached me the first day at work and introduced herself. There was never a time that I worked with her that she did not encourage me with her positive attitude and gracious presence. Her impact on my thinking and work ethetics are still with me today. Thank you Mrs Hodapp. Rest in peace.

Ryan Lane

November 18, 2021

For all family and friends that knew my Granda Myrtle Hodapp, she passed early morning yesterday. She was a selfless person, compassionate, and I feel truly blessed to of had such a great great person in my life I could call Grandma. She was loved by all and radiated love and care everywhere she went. She was a great cook and enjoyed making everyone happy on holidays. She was a avid sports watcher. She knew more about golf, football, baseball, and any sport than I ever could. She loved watching Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. We will all miss you “Myrtle the Turtle.” I love you and will miss you dearly, but know you are out of pain and in a better place.

Glenna Shaddix

November 18, 2021

So sorry for the loss of your sweet Mother. She loved her family and I loved hearing her tell the funny stories about military life especially how they would wake her each morning yelling "I can't hear you" and then she would emphasize how she would answer them. God bless you, family. Glenna Shaddix