Margaret “Maggie” Weston Hetzer, prominent local businesswoman and philanthropist, of Little Antietam Road, Hagerstown, Md., died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, after a long struggle with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Maggie was deeply grateful to the Johns Hopkins Hospital physicians and staff for their expert care and compassionate concern.
Born in Lincoln, Neb., she was the daughter of the late Samuel J. Bernstein Weston and the late Frances J. Hutchinson, both of New York. In 1951, having relocated to several cities and states, Maggie and her parents settled in Williamsport, Md. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, C. William Hetzer Jr.
Maggie graduated from Williamsport High School. Following graduation, she attended Hagerstown Junior College part time while working at Washington County Free Library. She graduated from Hagerstown Community College in 1982.
Following her initial junior-college study, she worked full time for IBM in Hagerstown. In 1973, Maggie launched her successful real estate career. She owned and managed Hetzer Exclusives Realtor until 2008. During these years, she was a member of the local, state and national boards of REALTORS, serving as secretary of the local board and on various committees, including the Make America Beautiful committee. She served on its board of directors for six years.
In addition to her real estate business, Maggie was a mentor and teacher for non-English speaking students in Washington County schools and similarly for adults as a substitute teacher at Fort Ritchie. She was named to the HCC Foundation board in 1987 and to the HCC board of trustees in 2001. She also served on the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts steering committee, the Family Services Agency board of directors and the United Way of Washington County board of directors. The Hetzers have been known locally for their generous public philanthropy, but they have also given private assistance to many. Maggie was responsible for sponsorship of numerous individual scholarships to HCC.
She was devoted lifelong to the welfare of animals, taking in many strays and keeping or finding good homes for them. With her husband, Bill, she passionately supported the Humane Society of Washington County, other humane societies and rescue groups. She was every animal’s immediate and reliable friend.
She loved rural Maryland, and spent many hours along the creek in Leitersburg and on the bay at her Wye River home. Maggie and Bill were original and longtime active members of the Little Heiskell Ski Club. Maggie had a genuine wanderlust and passion for international travel. She acquired a loving “big, fat Greek family” on her adopted island of Kithira, a relationship she sustained with visits, email and cards. They adored her, and the Kithirian community awarded her honorary citizenship.
Services and interment will be private. Arrangements are by Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to Hagerstown Community College Foundation, 1400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742. For friends to express their kindest thoughts, Maggie would like “everyone to do the ‘Hokey Pokey.’ That’s what it’s all about.”
Margaret W. Hetzer
-OCT. 20, 2012
Margaret W. Hetzer (October 22, 2012)