Edith Hehr

Obituary of Edith Hehr

Edith was born in the Bronx, New York daughter of Walter and Katherine Sabo. There she grew up with her sister Jeanne. A true product of the depression she live a happy, full childhood in a tiny 2 bedroom apartment with her parents, sister and grandparents. She excelled in school and was a model student.

She began a career in administration after high school and met the love of her life at a friend's wedding. In 1947 she married her "Billy" George William Hehr. They moved to upstate New York to the little town of Glens Falls. She continued working as an administrator and Bill in wallpaper sales.

Edith survived a serious bout of tuberculosis soon after. She spent almost 2 years in the sanatorium in Saranac Lake until her recovery. Billy was by her side every day.

Years later Edith pursued her dream of continuing her education and earned her degree in foreign language at the age of 40. Her teaching career took hold and she taught German and Spanish at Lucerne High School for many years. Every year she and her husband would chaperone a group of high school students to Europe as part of her language program. That's when she discovered her love of travel.

After retiring from teaching high school she landed a civil service position teaching English to the children living on the Augsburg, Germany Army base with their military families. Not only was she thrilled to teach again but was able to fulfill her passion for travel. The years she worked overseas she traveled extensively throughout Europe and touched many people and made many friends.

Edith and Bill first moved to Menlo Park, California and then to Aptos to be closer to family. Edith continued to teach German and Spanish at the Community College and the Community Center . There she developed lifetime friendships and a loyal and devoted student following.

Edith delighted in becoming a Girl Scout as a young girl and then volunteered as a leader. She so loved the Girl Scout organization she continued her membership for over 80 years.

She was an avid reader, nature lover, music lover. She made many charitable contributions to various organizations in the county and volunteered many hours at the "Daisy" in Capitola. Her love of travel, her fond memories of living in upstate New York radiated with the stories shared.

She would frequently remind us "I never regretted a penny I spent on traveling".

All who were fortunate to know Edith were warmed and touched by her interest and love.

She is survived by her two nieces and four grand nephews she absolutely adored - Laura Schanzer , Ellen Merritt, Darrick Gitomer, William, Sam, and Max Merritt.

Special thanks to the staff at Pacific Coast Manor and Hospice of Santa Cruz County.

Contributions can be made to Girl Scouts of America http://www.girlscouts.org/en/adults/donate.html

or Hospice of Santa Cruz 940 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066