Velda R. Boenitz, 81, of Noblesville, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Woodland Terrace of Carmel.
She was born on Sept. 18, 1939 to Raymond and Edna (Stithem) Hecht in Kansas City, Kansas.
For over 30 years, Mrs. Boenitz worked as a legal secretary for the Indiana State Court of Appeals. She was a tireless animal advocate, helping to establish a Low Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and pushing for legislation to make dog owners more responsible for their pets. Mrs. Boenitz directed numerous fundraisers for the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana, and the USA Dog Greyhound rescue.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Joseph D. Boenitz; mother, Edna Hecht; sons, Thomas D. (Lucile) Boenitz and Paul J. (Catherine) Boenitz; and her grandchildren, Claire, Justin, Joel and Nico.
She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Hecht.
Private family services will be held. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Randall & Roberts Funeral Home has been entrusted with her care.
Memorial contributions on Mrs. Boenitz's behalf can be made to the following organizations: Exotic Feline Rescue Center, Last Chance for Animals, Sierra Club Foundation, Native American Heritage Association, or the Central Indiana Land Trust.
Condolences online at: www.randallroberts.com