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Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home

382 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA

OBITUARY

Frances Hope Hartnett

July 28, 1943February 12, 2020
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Frances Hope Hartnett, July 28, 1943 – February 12, 2020

Frances Hope (Schelle) Hartnett died peacefully at home in Scituate, MA, on February 12, 2020. Born in Pennsylvania, Hope attended the Academy of Notre Dame de Namur in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and graduated from West Chester State University. As a child she enjoyed trips to “the shore” in New Jersey with her family where she developed a love of farm-fresh tomatoes. While still a student she met the love of her life, Elmer (“Robert”) Hartnett, while the two worked at Hugo’s Lighthouse in Cohasset, Mass. They wed in 1968 and had a devoted marriage filled with love, laughter, and joy.

Hope’s other love was her students. She taught first grade at Hatherly Elementary School in Scituate and, after taking time off to start a family, she returned to the classroom to teach kindergarten at Sacred Heart School in Weymouth, where she taught for nearly 20 years. “Mrs. Hartnett” was a beloved teacher who poured her heart and soul into nurturing her students, creating memories that students carried with them into adulthood; she loved and remembered every child who entered her classroom.

Hope loved to read – historical fiction and crime thrillers were her favorite genres – and although she resisted most modern technology, Hope switched from paper books to a Nook (enabling her to read even more voraciously, and do crossword puzzles). She and Robert played Scrabble – competitively – and watched Jeopardy! together. Hope was extremely bright and knew a lot about a lot of different topics – the more obscure, the better. Her wit was quick, and she had a wonderful sense of humor. She was an incredible baker whose cakes and cookies were second to none, and a talented cook who could make just about anything.

Hope was a loving, thoughtful, generous, and kind friend. She could always be counted on for wisdom and guidance. She always made time for friends and opened her heart to strangers. Acquaintances were always welcomed and quickly felt like old friends in her presence.

In addition to her husband, Hope is survived by her four children, Jenifer (and Erik Bullen) of Hull, MA; Christopher (and Angela Fetzer) of Pepperell, MA; Emily (and Mark Norman) of Pembroke, MA; and Cathleen of West Roxbury, MA. Hope’s grandchildren, Liam Norman, Patrick Norman, Brendan Norman, Riley Lynch, Tyler Lynch, and Sydney Bullen, were the light of her life. She doted on them and lived through and for them; she was extraordinarily proud of their accomplishments. We are all heartbroken and cannot imagine how we will carry on without our wife, mother, and Mom-Mom, our family’s guiding light. Hope is also survived by her siblings Patricia Prendergast of Newtown Square, PA; Nate Schelle of St. Augustine, FL; Kate Hannigan of Rockland, MA; and Susan Barry of Foxboro, MA; and seven nieces and nephews.

In Hope’s memory, do something kind for someone with no expectation of anything in return.

Friends and family are invited to celebrate Hope’s life at a visitation on Tuesday, February 18, from 4-8 PM at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Parish in Weymouth on Wednesday, February 19, at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Hope’s name to the Sacred Heart School, 75 Commercial St., Weymouth, MA.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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Don Allan

February 20, 2020

Red, we are at a stop in Virginia, on our way to Florida. But I wanted to take some time to tell you how sorry I was to hear that Hope had passed away. You were very fortunate to have had so many years with a caring and devoted woman, who apparently even appreciated (or tolerated) your sense of humor. I have been similarly blessed with my wife.

Please know that, on behalf of your SHS'58 classmates, our thoughts and prayers are with you, as you go through such a difficult loss.

S B

February 17, 2020

Susan Barry

February 17, 2020

Susan Barry

February 17, 2020

Anonymous Anonymous

February 15, 2020

Mrs. Hartnett was my kindergarten teacher, and I guess I never truly appreciated the love she showed upon her students until I found out about the rest of her life. As an adult - I was in Mrs. Hartnett’s 1998-1999 kindergarten class, I believe - I realized how impactful she was in my life. I remember expressing my first moments of queerness to her, (“I think boys are cute too!”) and it was met with love and respect. It felt safe to be myself with Mrs. Hartnett at a vulnerable point in my life. I remember when my grandfather passed away, the first experience of death I had in my life, and she held me close in the best hug that I still recall and would kill to recreate. It was so genuinely wonderful and real. I look fondly upon that year with Mrs. Hartnett, even though it’s been at least 20 years at this point. She was a beautiful inspiration in my life, and she gave me more confidence to be myself than you’ll ever know. I’m so grateful and proud to have known her. She shined love on everyone she met, and that love shined forward on everyone she impacted, and the world is better off because of Frances Hartnett.

Lynne ann Murphy

February 15, 2020

I will always remember dearest Mrs ♥️Hartnett managing her classroom with two to four children sitting on her lap. She was the lady I first entrusted my children with. I never once had to worry about how they were when leaving their class. I knew Hope was as good a mom as I and better. My children loved and adored her. I loved and adored her. To this day 25 years later we still talk about Mrs Hartnett with love and laughter. Hope , you were the star amongst mothers and the best of the best teacher. Thank you for sharing your love with my children and so many others. You were and always will be a gift from God. Many prayers to your family and may you be enjoying everlasting life. Xo

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