Funeral services will be held Saturday for Wake County school board member Kathy Hartenstine, who unexpected died Sunday from what her family said was complications due to the flu.
Hartenstine’s family announced Tuesday that a celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hayes Barton Baptist Church, 1800 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh. The family will receive guests in the fellowship hall at 12 p.m.
The service is expected to draw a large crowd of people who want to pay their respects to Hartenstine’s family. Hartenstine, 68, was an educator for 37 years, mostly in Wake County, and had spent the last 20 months on the school board.
Condolences have continued to pour in since news of Hartenstine’s death was announced Monday.
“While my heart is heavy, it is equally full of memories of an intelligent, vibrant, tough and tender advocate for WCPSS teachers, students, and families,” tweeted Wake County Superintendent Cathy Moore. “Knowing that grief is love looking for a place to land, our love for Kathy Hartenstine will be in our work on behalf of @WCPSS.”
“To know Kathy was to love her,” tweeted Chell Smith, principal of Wake Forest Elementary School. “To love her was to have your life filled with laughter and joy. She was a remarkable educator and advocate for public schools.
“She was an even better friend and godmother to my daughter. I miss her already.”
Hartenstine had been appointed to the board in January 2017 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Zora Felton.
Hartenstine was set to remain on the board for a two-year term since she was running unopposed on the November ballot for the District 7 seat that includes Morrisville, part of west Cary and northwest Raleigh.