Ethylee “Lee” C. Hetner, 88, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Baldwin, New York, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 at Silvercrest Garner Senior Living.
A celebration of Lee’s life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at All Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens, New York. Memorials may be directed to Wounded Warriors or to the ASPCA. McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home, Bettendorf is assisting the family with arrangements.
Lee was born on May 1, 1935 in Queens, NY, the daughter of Frederick and Ethel (Baum) Wesselhoft. Following her graduation in Bayside from Bayside High School, she continued her education at Wagner College in Staten Island. In June of 1957, she was united in marriage to Donald Hetner. Lee worked as a bank teller and later in the student loan department at the former Jamaica Savings Bank. She loved her job and the lifelong friendships that she made with her co-workers. Lee was an avid reader and after retiring from the bank, she worked at Baldwin library. She will be fondly remembered for her infectious laugh and her love of family. And in the Midwest, her Long Island accent.
Those left to honor her memory are her son and daughter-in-law, John and Shelly Hetner of Bettendorf; three grandchildren, Connor, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel “Zeke” Hetner, all of Bettendorf; and a dear cousin, Janice Brown of Dallas, Texas.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded by in death by her husband, her daughter, Jean Magner, and cousin, Mildred Rueschmann.