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Community - November 17, 2010

Obituary

Celeste Henzel

Celeste Mariana Schmitt Henzel of Portola Valley, a top ranked real estate agent on the Peninsula, died Nov. 6 of cancer at age 60.

Born in Chicago, Ms. Henzel received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 1986, she graduated from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Ms. Henzel began her career in real estate in Laguna Beach, California. After five years there, she moved to Portola Valley in 1977 and joined Cornish & Carey.

When the Portola Valley office was acquired by Coldwell Banker, she then worked as a real estate agent and broker for that company. She also served in various leadership positions with the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, including as Menlo Park district chair.

Ms. Henzel is survived by her husband and running partner of 23 years, Robert Grey Henzel of Portola Valley; her brother, Russell F. Schmitt of Anaheim, California; and several nieces and nephews.

A service was held Nov. 12 at Memory Garden Memorial Park in Brea, California.

In lieu of flowers, her family prefers donations to Rhema Bible Training Center, P.O. Box 50126, Tulsa Oklahoma 74150-1026.

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