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Marie Hertel
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VISTA - (Anna) Marie Hertel, 84, passed away Monday, February 18, 2008 from a long struggle with cancer. She was born June 5, 1923 in Jordan Center, Green County, Wisconsin. Her parents were Johann Christian and Kathryn Fegbli Klarer, immigrants from Canton Appenzell, Switzerland. She was baptized at St. Victor Church and attended St. Victor Catholic Grade School. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1942.

After graduation she moved to Los Angeles where she was a nanny and "Rosie the Riveter" (Lockheed aircraft, P-38's). She joined the Navy in 1944. She was a U.S. Navy WAVE and dental hygienist. She moved to Vista in 1960. She received an A.A. degree in Art from Palomar College.

She was a volunteer at Tri-City Hospital and in the St. Francis of Assisi Church Choir in Vista. She was a member of the Vista Women's Club, Elks Club, American Legion, and Vista Gem and Mineral Club.

Her interests varied from industrial arts to antique upholstery. She was a travel agent and traveled to many parts of the world. She was a goldsmith, stained glass master, and a gem-cutter. She was an antique dealer and appraiser for over 30 years. She was proud of her Swiss heritage, speaking the Swiss Appenzellor dialect.

She is survived by her daughter, Michele Finchum and son, William Jurel, both of Vista; her sisters, Agnes Kammer of Madison, Kathryn Neumann of Findlay, OH, and brother, John Klarer, Bridgewater, NJ; 3 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Also surviving in the area are her nephews and nieces: John Kammer of Blanchardville, Patrick Klarer of Verona, Mary Klarer Logemann of Lancaster; Ellen Malkow, Mary Jo Hendrickson, and Dennis, Scott, and Fr. Michael E. Klarer, all of Monroe. Her parents and two brothers, Frank and Emil Klarer, preceded her in death.

The Memorial Mass and military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10, 2008, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 525 W. Vista Way, Vista, California 92083. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date at St. Victor Church, Monroe.