Helen Anderson Hatzenbeler
July 27, 1945 – September 30, 2019
Helen Anderson Hatzenbeler passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, September 30, 2019, in Yakima, WA.
She was born on July 27, 1945, in Albemarle County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Juanita Mitchell and Robert Otis “Spec” Anderson of Charlottesville, Virginia. Helen graduated from Lane High School, Class of 1963, and continued her education at Smithdeal-Massey Business College in Richmond, Virginia, where she received a Diploma in Executive Secretarial and Junior Accounting. Her great tenacity and creativity led her to learn many skills throughout her lifetime. Most notably she was an accomplished seamstress, landscape designer and interior decorator.
Over her career, Helen’s larger than life personality, strong will and determination inspired and influenced many through her professional roles as Executive Secretary, CFA Institute, Charlottesville, VA, Deputy Clerk of the Board, Yakima County Commissioners, Yakima, WA, and Co-owner/Operator of Bill’s Family Restaurant, Wapato, WA. Helen served her local community in many capacities and leadership positions including the Washington State Centennial Commission, member, Wapato Chamber of Commerce, President and Yakima Valley Association of Chambers of Commerce, President. Helen was the recipient of the Women of Achievement Award in Business in 1988 by the Y.W.C.A of Yakima for her work in securing $300,000 in state and local contributions to construct a park and athletic complex in Wapato. Never one to stay idle, Helen most recently served as President of the Yakima Republican Women’s Club where, under her leadership, membership grew to the largest club in the state of Washington.
Helen is survived by her children, William Edward Hatzenbeler and his wife Kimberley of Enumclaw, WA and David Law Hatzenbeler his wife Katie, also of Enumclaw, Washington; four grandchildren, Mitchell Hatzenbeler of Seattle, Washington, Hunter Hatzenbeler, Jacob Hatzenbeler and Ellie Hatzenbeler, all of Enumclaw, Washington.
Helen is also survived by her sibling, Robert Otis “Bobby” Anderson Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Troy, Virginia. She was also preceded in death by her sisters Jean Lee Anderson Chapman of Richmond, Virginia and Dr. Reba Law Anderson of St. Augustine, Florida.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Yakima Country Club, 500 Country Club Dr. Yakima, WA 98901. Her service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, 201 N. First Street Charlottesville, VA 22902.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Naches Lions Club, C/O Paul Kauzlarich, 6930 S. Naches Rd. Naches, WA 98937. They were most gracious in her time of need.
- In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Naches Lions Club, C/O Paul Kauzlarich, 6930 S. Naches Rd. Naches, WA 98937.
Wood Funeral Home
201 N. First Street
- Celebration of Life Saturday, October 12, 2019
Helen Anderson Hatzenbeler
Brian and Cindy Kelly
October 12, 2019
We are saddened by your loss. May your memories give you peace and comfort.
If you need anything please let us know.
October 11, 2019
While I only saw Helen once after she retired from CFA Institute, I thought often of her, as she was a true gem and one of those people, who indeed leave a lifelong (and beyond) impression. Her smile, her laugh, her kindness at everyone of our countless meetings over the years will not be forgotten. My thoughts are with her family wishing them lots of strength.
Love and prayers,
October 3, 2019
Helen took full charge of decorating the yard with flowers for the reception of lynda and kens wedding reception, it was her decision to do so, shealso gave one of mydaughters a wonderful bridal shower. She was the kindest person. She was such a smart, brillant
caring person, I loved Helen ever so much. When they lived in the seattle area, she called and asked me to come visit. I got lost, many times over, finally after calling her so many times,I saw two policemen and asked for help, I followed them to Helens home late
at night, they wouldn't let me go to the door, they did,when Helen
answered, she screamed, "AUNT PRISCILLA' THEY asked Helen ' YOU KNOW THIS LADY!