County Seat Newspaper
of Clare County


JULY 12, 1932 – APRIL 12, 2022


               Betty Lou Heintz age 89 of Harrison passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Medilodge of Clare. Betty was born July 12, 1932, at the family home in Freeman Township, Clare County, Michigan the daughter of Ralph Goodrich and Irene (Kellay) Goodrich. Betty was united in marriage to Mr. Raymond “Ray” Henry Heintz on August 9, 1952, at the former St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Clare. Mr. Heintz preceded Betty in death in 1991.

                Mrs. Heintz had resided in Clare County her entire lifetime. Betty was an avid hunter, fisherwoman and mushroom hunter. She also enjoyed cruising the back roads looking for deer, gardening, canning, swimming in her pool and the Muskegon River in Temple, Michigan, maintaining her property, attending Bluegrass festivals and playing Aggravation with her friend Millie. Betty loved animals, especially her dogs. Each year, she and her family donated to the Clare County Animal Shelter to help care for the homeless animals.

                Surviving Betty are her two loving daughters: Theresa Ann Tragis of Harrison and Ramona Kay Heintz also of Harrison, two grandchildren: Jody Sprague of McBain, Michigan and Joel Tragis and wife Keri of Farwell, Michigan, six great-grandchildren: Meghan Sprague, Zachary Sprague, Logan Sprague, Easton Tragis, Paisley Tragis and Grayson Tragis, six great- great- grandchildren: Rylee Sprague, Brooklyn Sprague, Kylie Sprague, Ragan Sprague, Sawyer Sprague and Charlie Sprague, plus many nieces, nephews, extended family members and her beloved dog, Lily. Mrs. Heintz also was preceded in death by her parents, five sisters: June Waldron, Olive Zygmunt, Doris Allbee, Arlene Bringold and Bernita Richardson and three brothers: Glen Goodrich, Ross Goodrich and David Goodrich.

                Funeral services for Mrs. Heintz will be held Friday, April 15, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. from Stocking Funeral Home, 165 W. Oak St., Harrison with Pastor Connie Bongard officiating. Visitation will take place Thursday, April 14, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison and on Friday, April 15, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. until time of service. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Harrison. Memorial gifts in memory of Mrs. Heintz may be considered to: Clare County Animal Shelter, 4040 Hazel Drive, Harrison, Mi. 48625. To share an online memory or condolence with Betty’s family, please visit: Arrangements for Mrs. Heintz are entrusted with Stocking Funeral Home, Harrison (989)539-7810. On behalf of the staff of Stocking Funeral Home, we would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mrs. Heintz during their time of bereavement.