Friday: Services for Celeste Henzel, 60


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

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Memory Garden Memorial Park, 455 West Central Avenue, in Brea, California.

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.

The family prefers memorial donations to: Rhema Bible Training Center, P.O. Box 50126, Tulsa Oklahoma 74150-1026.

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Posted by Tina Brewer
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I have just learned of Celeste's passing and I wanted to say that she was probably the nicest person I have ever met. I initially met her at an open house many years ago but we quickly became friends and I knew she was the right agent for my husband and myself. I later referred several friends to her that I knew she could help and she always did. She will be missed.
The Brewer Family

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