On January 12, 2022 Henrietta Margaret Friesinger Hurst completed her journey here on earth and joined her beloved family and friends in her eternal home. Henrietta was born on March 19, 1925 in Zanesville, Ohio. She was a lifelong member of Faith United Methodist church (formerly 1st Evangelical United Brethren) and was proud that her grandfather Gottlieb Friesinger was a founding member of that congregation. She was a 1943 graduate of Lash High School and served as a member and officer of the reunion committee for over 50 years. On June 8, 1946 she married her high school sweetheart John William Hurst and their love story continued until his passing in 1996.
Henrietta graduated from Muskingum College in 1947 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics with a minor in Chemistry. She was Chair of her 65th and 70th reunions at Muskingum. After her 3 children were in school, she started her career as a therapeutic dietician at Bethesda and Good Samaritan Hospitals. She retired after 20 years of service at Good Samaritan. Henrietta followed her father’s (Herman Christian Friesinger) example of service as a member of her church’s Eventide Circle and Needlework Guild for over 50 years. In 1994 at the age of 74 she received the” Mother of the Year” award at Faith UMC. She was active in community service with nearly 25 years in the PTA serving as an officer many times. She helped the children of Zanesville by working with the Coats for Kids program for over 40 years. Henrietta believed in lifelong learning as a member of the American Association of University Women and later the Chautauqua Reading Circle where she served as president and program chair. Most of all, Henrietta was a loving and caring wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family.
Henrietta is now reunited with those who preceded her including her husband, Bill, her parents, Herman and Ruth Friesinger, her sister Ruthe Friesinger LaPlante, her brother Gottlieb Friesinger II (Bud), her sister-in law Susan Hurst Atkinson and many special friends, including Andy and Jeanette Schultheis and Sister Imelda Ann Dickrell.
Henrietta is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, June and Wilbur Mock, her son Dr. William Jeffrey Hurst (Deborah) and their daughters Jana and Heather and great-grandson Dawson; her second son, Alan Friesinger Hurst (Beth) and grandson Jonathan and granddaughter Bethany (Ben) Burton and great- grandchildren Thalan and Junalee Cantrell; and her third son, Dr. Mark Andrew Hurst (Dr. Elizabeth) and their children Andrew, Anne, Philip, Dr. Thomas (Kristen) and great-grandchildren Ruth and Benjamin. Henrietta also included her step-grandchildren as family: Becky Downing, Abby (Jason) Baird and great-grandchildren Isaiah, Aspen and Benjamin. John (Justina) Downing and great-grandchildren Madilyn and Kennedy. She always believed there was plenty of love to share.
Henrietta’s family would like to thank Hospice of Central Ohio and especially the staff at the Helen Purcell Home for the compassionate care and friendship they provided to Henrietta in her final years.
The family will say their goodbyes to Henrietta at a private graveside service and a celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Henrietta be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 1166 Military Rd. Ste. A, Zanesville, OH 43701 and The Helen Purcell Home, 1854 Norwood Blvd, Zanesville, OH 43701. To sign the online register book or to send a personal condolence note please visit www.hilliscombsnestor.com.