Jeannette Leigh Hintz

August 5, 1932 ~ October 25, 2021 (age 89)


Jeannette L. Hintz passed away at Rockynol Nursing Facility on October 25, 2021. Born August 5, 1932. Jeannette was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Nancy Diane (Hintz) Fuchs (Dale) of Nashville TN; parents, Alfred Sr. and Margaret Leigh; siblings, Duane (Irene) Leigh, Patricia Leigh, Vaughn Leigh; and the love of her life, Gerald (Gerry) Knapp.

Jeannette leaves behind her sons, Steven Hintz of Mufreesboro, TN and Eugene Hintz (Cindy) of Nolensville, TN; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren; sister, Vicki Leigh (TN) and brother Alfred Leigh (NJ) and nieces and nephews.

Jeannette loved her children, her grandchildren, Michele, Adam, Steven and Savannah; her great grandchildren, Gabe, Harper and Connor, and her visits to see them in Nashville.  She will be deeply missed by her friends who loved and cared for her until the end, especially by her beloved friend, Nancy Illitch (Nancy2); Judge Patricia Cosgrove; Whitey; Marie McDonald – her favorite pen-pal; and her very helpful neighbor and protector, Pastor Gregory Harrison. Special thanks to Dr. Rasheed Nemer who took excellent care of her for many years and also to Steve Pitz and the rest of the staff of Rockynol.

A year after graduating from Tallmadge High School in 1950, Jeannette was hired as the Clerk of Courts for the City of Tallmadge. She also became the secretary for the Mayor and Clerk of Council. In 1955, she resigned to be a full-time mother raising her 3 children. Eventually she went back to work in a law office and became the Bailiff for Judge Robert Harnett. After being out of school for 26 years, Jeannette decided to go back to college with the goal of going to law school In May of 1981, she graduated from college and was accepted into Akron Law School. Unfortunately, the job that was paying for this education ceased when her appointed position ended and the judge retired. Finances forced her to withdraw from law school. She made a career change in 1994 and was employed by the Akron Public Schools where she worked until she retired.

Jeannette was an avid volunteer for many years at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. One of her treasured accomplishments was volunteering for thousands of hours for more than 25 years for the VSN Hospice facility on Ridgewood Road. She worked a late shift at Hospice until after midnight on many nights, and volunteered there after working all day.

If you knew Jeannette, you enjoyed her unique and eccentric personality; her love of her books and history; and especially her kind and loving heart. She was an exceptionally intelligent, well educated, industrious, and independent woman and was fine example of good manners, dignity and impeccable taste.

Cremation has taken place. A service celebrating Jeannette’s life is scheduled for November 18, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Donovan Funeral Home, 17 Southwest Ave. (On the Historic Tallmadge Circle).

“Unawed by Opinion, Unseduced by Flattery, Undismayed by Disaster, She confronted life with antique courage, and death with Christian Hope.”

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Memorial Service
November 18, 2021

11:00 AM
Donovan Funeral Home - Tallmadge
17 Southwest Ave.
Tallmadge, OH 44278

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