CANFIELD — Howard S. Hartzell, 73, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
Howard, affectionately known as Howie, was born Oct. 17, 1946, in Youngstown, a son of Marvin and Loretta Mancini Hartzell.
He was a 1964 graduate of Fitch High School and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Youngstown State University. He worked at Liberty High School as an assistant treasurer and later as an accountant for Akron Polymer Products.
Howie enjoyed refereeing, which he did for over 30 years for high school basketball and at the YMCA. He was involved in Austintown youth boys baseball and girls softball. He played in the Austintown’s Men’s Volleyball Club, the Men’s Golf League on Thursday nights at Knoll Run and its Friday night Couples League.
Howie is survived by his wife, Mary Kay Grady Hartzell; his son, Kevin Hartzell; his sister, Sharyn Hartzell of Gastonia, N.C; two sisters-in law, Kathleen (Duke) Colaprete and family and Maureen (Tim) Finnerty and family; aunt, Donna (Bill) Leskovec; uncle, Herb (Mary Ann) Mancini; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Loretta Hartzell; his son, Michael Hartzell; and his uncle, Howard Mancini.
Prayers will begin at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Higgins-Reardon Funeral Homes, Austintown Chapel, 4303 Mahoning Ave., followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian burial at St. Patrick Church.
Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made in Howie’s memory to the Michael Hartzell Scholarship Fund at YSU.
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