Huntt Funeral Home

3035 Old Washington Rd, Waldorf, MD


Harriett Ann Hernick

December 6, 1940October 31, 2019

Harriett Ann Hernick, born December 6, 1940 in Buchanan, VA passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family, friends and her precious kitties. She is preceeded in death by her parents Harry and Goldie (King) Lusk, her brother James Lusk, her son Steven Parker, her step-daughter Beth McClure, and her husbands Lewis Parker and Robert (Bob) Hernick. She is survived by her sister, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren; Elizabeth Heal, Sharon and Bruce Johnston with Aaron LaFleur, Justin LaFleur and Masha, Cielle and Eddie Bragin with Evey, Leo and Kaya, Alex and Chuck Kershner, Trevor Johnston; Philip (Andy) and Susie Parker with Mandy and Jake Lewis with Jacob and Asa, Phillip Kramer and Heather, Ryan Kramer and Hannah; Lisa and Alan Colvin with Leigha Colvin, Jane and Todd Brajkovich with Amanda Dye and Josh; Craig and Lorraine Lawler with Christopher and Tara Lawler, Scott and Debbie Lawler with Ryan Lawler and Lonnie, Ashely and Justin McReynolds with Lucy as well as Mike Hernick, Eric Hernick, Robert Hernick, Mark Hernick and Robbie McClure with Jen and Keith Cannon, Nick, Bobbie and Kiera and all their extended families.

Harriett was/is very dearly beloved by her extensive family and everyone who knew her. Many amazing people called her friend. She was an avid artist and worked tirelessly for the upliftment of society. She had such a big heart and genuinely cared for everyone she met. She would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need. She made the world a better place wherever she went. Harriett was a printmaker at the Torpedo Factory’s Discover Graphics Atelier printmaking studio in Alexandria, VA for over 35 years and was an active member of the Mattawoman Creek Art Center (MCAC) community at the Smallwood State Park in Charles County for many years. Harriett was a nature and animal lover and tenderly cared for a multitude of cats whom she rescued and adored. She loved being in the woods and going on adventures. In 2000, after 25 years of Federal service, Harriett (then Lawler) retired from the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. As an avid Democrat, she volunteered for her favorite candidates and often served as an election judge. On behalf of her family and friends, we feel truly blessed to have had her in our lives. We thank you for your kind words of support, your sympathy and your great kindness during this time of deep sorrow.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:

Mattawoman Creek Art Center (MCAC) P.O. Box 258 Marbury, MD 20658-0258


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Memorial Donation 520 8th Avenue, Floor 7 New York, NY 10018


  • Visitation Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Huntt Funeral Home, Waldorf, Maryland Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, November 6, 2019
  • Repass Wednesday, November 6, 2019


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Susie Parker

November 9, 2019

Tribute to Mom featuring video clips from PG County Public Access TV show Brain Hammer & photos of Harriett A. Hernick a.k.a. Mom. NCP/PAPCO = No Commercial Potential/Philip Andrew Parker Company
The show Brain Hammer existed before the internet was popular, & included alleged comedy skits, documentaries, & interviews with local bands featuring their original music. Director and Producer: Philip Andrew Parker, Host Andrew Dennison & Co-host mom.
Video section breakdown:
0:00 Tribute begins with the ‘Profile’ filmed after the Inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Andy and Harriett submitted the profile for their new show ‘Brain Hammer’ on Prince George’s County Public Access TV. Harriett is the narrator.
3:53 – ‘Sheep May Safely Graze’ by Johann Sebatian Bach (Mom’s favorite) with photos of Mom.
8:27 – Video clip B.H. show host Andy Dennison introduces new Co-producer Harriet Hernick.
9:03 – Original instrumental ‘What?’ by Andy Parker with photos of Mom.
12:08 – Video clip B.H.: ‘When Grannies Attack’, Narrated by Andy Parker and Mom who plays the main granny.
13:04 – ‘Blue Skies’ by Eva Cassidy with photos of Mom.
15:39 - ‘When Grannies Attack, Pt. 2’, hosted by Andy Dennison actor: Harriett Hernick (Mom)
16:15 – ‘Into the Mystic’ by Van Morrison with photos of Mom.
19:42 – Video clip from B.H.: ‘Psychotic Fiends Network’
21:52 – B.H. director and producer Phil/Andy Parker introduces co-host (Mom) and she tells us about some interesting people she met.
22:17 – B.H. co-host (mom) interviews Back Alley Jones band.
25:07 – B.H. co-host (mom) interviews Mortal measure band.
27:06 – ‘In My Life’ by the Beatles with photos of Mom.
29:30 – Video clip from B.H.: ‘TV Zone’
30:45 – ‘Annie’s Song’ by John Denver with photos of Mom.
33:39 – Preview of new show
37:52 – ‘I’ll Be there” by The Jackson Five with photos of Mom.
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Alan Drew

November 5, 2019

.....To the Lady that took me in When the rest of the world closed it’s doors on me. Without full knowledge of who I was or where I had come from, she gave me the opportunity and the tools to become more than I ever thought I could be. It is amazing what a hug, smile and a few dozen cats will do. I will always love you mama. You will never be truly gone or forgotten as I will continue to carry the memories of you in my heart.

Nicole Stewart

November 3, 2019

Harriett had a generosity of spirit that was unmatched. She opened her home, her studio and her heart to all. I am one of those grateful souls she rescued in a time of need. I especially loved her laugh and loved her art and artistry.

I also loved to see her family around her, whether at an outdoor concert or at a fundraiser table--that was the table with the most smiles and laughs.

I will miss her...

Renee Nelson

November 3, 2019

Harriett was such a wonderfully gentle, generous and caring person, as well as a beautiful artist. I'll cherish the times I was privileged to spend with her at her home and in both her studios. I will never forget her sweet spirit and how my life was touched by her. Hope to see you again one day dearest Harriett!

Susie Parker

November 2, 2019

Mom had the best smile!

Susie Parker

November 2, 2019

The best Mom. Ever.

Norma Baretincic

November 2, 2019

A dear friend who will never be forgotten. An unselfish lady who taught me all I know about monoprinting and I will miss the times we shared making beautiful art together.

Susie Parker

November 2, 2019

Mom was fiercely independent, wise and loving. She had a strong mind right up to the end, and throughout her life she enjoyed her family, kitties and friends, and many adventures with her children and grandchildren.

Mom also was on the Artists Advisory Board of Mattawoman Creek Arts Center, holding printmaking classes, and participating in many exhibits of her art.

Mom was a driving force behind the MCAC "Art in the Park' festivals, melding her two loves - Music and Art. She invited a wide variety of musicians and school groups to perform at these annual events. In conjunction with Smallwood State Park's 50th Birthday and Charles County's 350th Birthday celebrations, Mom was a driving force behind Mattawoman Creek Art Center in Smallwood State Park conducting its annual "Art in the Park" in 2008.
She coordinated artist exhibits and a variety of live music all day on two stages, children's activities, food, and "Grandma's Attic" appraisals of antiques, dolls, and jewelry, and an art restoration clinic by experts from the National Gallery of Art.
Also, Smallwood State Park held a Smallwood's Retreat open house, and had its "Scales and Tails" talk with a Park Ranger and live animals. In addition, Brooke's Company, Calvert Militia, Revolutionary War re-enactors, gave demonstrations on the grounds of the Art Center, and had a musket loading and firing demonstration with a Park Ranger at Smallwood's Retreat.

This is just one small example of the large impact mom had on her community. Her support and encouragement played a part in the lives of everyone around her.

Before I met Mom, she had already done so many amazing things. I heard about her dragging her whole crew of kids and their friends into remote camp areas all around this area to spend time in nature. Being one with nature was a religious belief in Mom's life. Those are some of the best memories I've heard about from family.

And Family wasn't just blood relations to Mom. Mom's family spread far and wide