Christopher W. Hartzell

Christopher W. Hartzell

November 11, 1977 ‐ April 08, 2022
Christopher W. Hartzell
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio Resided In: Woburn, Massachusetts Visitation: April 19, 2022 Service: April 20, 2022 Cemetery: Brooklyn Heights Cemetery

Christopher William Hartzell of Woburn Massachusetts (formerly Westlake, Ohio) peacefully ascended to the heavens surrounded by the love of his parents Kenneth W. and Lydia B Kryska Hartzell the evening of April 8th 2022. Beloved brother of Scott Kenneth Hartzell

Entered into the arms of his deceased grandparents Robert and Evelyn Hartzell and Marian and Eugenia Kryska. He left behind his his besties ...BFF's ...his ride or dies...that group of friends that one thinks can only be scripted in a television series ...Richard DiGianni, Jeanie O'Connell, Catherine Quy and Lauren Badger. And his most cherished possession his rescued yellow lab Reno.

When Christopher graduated from Johnston and Wales University, he wanted to become a cruise director. His love of cruising and passion for musical theater would have made him the perfect match. However his inability to leave behind the animals he loved behind made him choose a different path. Right out of school he found himself a position within the Hyatt Hotel empire.  His experience enabled him to join Starwood Hotels in 2001 with the Sheraton Needham Hotel. In August of 2005 Chris headed on down to the Big Easy as the Director of Rooms for the W New Orleans Hotel and the W boutique hotel in the French quarter. Chris acted as a key role in the disaster recovery efforts for the W New Orleans Hotel and Starwood after Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana, after rebuilding and reenergizing New Orleans Chris returned to New England and lent his time and talents to the Westin Waltham Hotel as Director of Rooms, and to the Sheraton Newton as the interim General Manager. He also enjoyed some time as the General Manager of Sheraton South Portland Hotel in Portland, Maine before opening and operating the new Aloft & Element Hotels in Lexington, MA. After 5 successful years with the Aloft & Element Hotels, Chris spent a year overseeing the Starwood Triplex of Hotels at the Philadelphia Airport including the Sheraton Suites, Four Points by Sheraton and the Aloft Hotel. After his time in Philadelphia, he returned to New England as General Manager for the Sheraton Needham Hotel in Needham, MA, leading the hotel after a $16m renovation. Continuing his Starwood Journey, Chris went to share his brand expertise and joined the New Builds and Transition team opening the Aloft & Boston Seaport Hotels in 2016. He was sent to China to help launch and design new Starwood Hotel concepts. At one point in his career he was the youngest general manager within all of Starwoods .Chris then went back to the Big Easy as Hotel Manager of the of the 1100 room Sheraton New Orleans Hotel. Wanting less travel and more time with his dog and his friends Chris went back home to Boston and joined YOTEL as the opening General Manager for YOTEL Boston in the evolving Boston Seaport District.

Anyone that truly knew Chris knew about his obsession/addiction to "The Golden Girls" ... he could practically recite every line right down to the last slice of cheesecake.  The Golden Girls marathons ran non stop on all of his televisions daily 24/7. Blanche ,Dorothy, Rose, and Sofia were his girls. I think it also brought him fond memories of watching them as a child with his Babcia Eugenia .

Christopher’s charisma and smile will be forever embroidered in the hearts of everyone he ever worked with. He made everyone on his team feel important and let them knew that they mattered.  Christopher will be forever in our hearts ...always on our minds.

Join us for a Celebration of his life at Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Rd, Westlake, OH 44145, Tuesday April 19th from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, April 20th at 10 am at St. Clarence Church, 30106 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, OH.

In his name Donate Life, become a organ donor or make a charitable donation to Life Banc, 4775 Richmond Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44128-5919,

Guest Comments

Kathlene Sartor
West Hempstead, NY

Chris I am so sorry we lost contact after JWU. You were one of a kind. A heart made of Gold. I will never forget our days in Mcnulty laughing our butts off at all the drunk people coming in from the bars. I will never forget you inviting my mom to a drag bar, unfortunately we didn’t go. I have great Memories with you. You definitely made my freshman year at JWU the best and full of laughter. Years May have passed since I last saw you, but your memory and your kindness will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend.

Rich and Karen Mandrella
Spanish Fort, Alabama

Ken and Lydia there are no words to express how truly sorry we are for your loss. What a fine young man Chris was as we read all the attributes. He will be missed but never forgotten. You are the best and dearest of our friends and want you to feel and know how much we love and support you. Prayers extended to Scott and your entire family.

John Beaudreau and Dameian Slocum
Providence, RI

Offering our deepest condolences on the loss of your son, brother, and friend. Chris was instrumental in introducing me (john) to Dameian after meeting on night in Providence, as well a itv was Chris who picked out Cannon, Dameians dog. From a shelter in Providence who Mebane the JWU campus dog. And it was Chris who after adopting Teno, told us his sister was available for adoption and now we have Reno's sister, Cora as our beloved girl. You are in our hearts and prayers in this most difficult time.

David Zubal
North Royalton, Ohio

My Sincerest condolences to you Ken and Lydia on the loss of Christopher

Rick Church
Waltham, MA.

Today our hearts are heavy with sadness on your final departure from Earth to Heaven. Although your physical being will be missed greatly I have some peace knowing that you have been called as a chosen one to erve the almighty. I cherish the memories I have of you until we meet again RIP my friend.

Sven Goosen
London, UK

On behalf of the entire team at YOTEL, please accept our deepest sympathies. We're wishing Christopher's family courage and peace during this time of mourning. We celebrate his life and share in your grief as you process this terrible loss.

Donna Zimmerman
East Longmeadow

Rest In Peace Chris. You left a huge footprint on this earth. You are so loved. Thank you for being you and the support and love you showed everyone you came in contact with. Condolences to the Hartzell family.

Virdis Mackel Sr
New Orleans, LA

So sorry for your loss may God's peace and mercy cover you all in this difficult time Amen.

Ardemis Kakayjian
Stoneham, Ma

My heart is broken I can’t imagine this world not having you in it!
I wil love and miss you forever - I will miss us insulting and calling each other names and laughing about it!
I will miss you!

Lisa Ayers Speiller
Cincinnati, Ohio

I didn't get the pleasure of knowing Chris for very long, having been 3 years behind him in school, but from what I do remember about him, he was full of light and joy and spread positivity wherever he went. We were in Brigadoon together, and he had a way of making everyone feel like they were the star of the show (Chris, of course, was, but he was so humble you never would have known by talking with him). I will never forget how he made all of us feel like one big family. His light shone on all those who were lucky enough to have him in our lives. He brought tremendous joy and positivity to this world. May we keep his memory alive by continuing to spread his positivity and joy.

Andrea Meeker
New Orleans, LA

My deepest sympathies for your loss.

I enjoyed working with Chris in New Orleans. He was the best storyteller with the most amazing laugh. We loved hosting him for dinners. My family and I enjoyed visiting him in Boston.

Chris will be missed.

Andrea, Geoffrey and Madeleine

Anne Engel
Needham MA

I had the privilege of working for you twice (Sheraton Needham Hotel) in the last eighteen years. You brought me in as a front desk agent in 2004 and almost ten years later when you returned I was your assistant. You became part of my family and extended family and celebrated many occasions such as graduations, Rockport visits, weddings, and of course Thanksgiving Holidays right up until Covid. You will always be in our hearts. Rest In Peace
Anne Engel and family

Brenda Diaz
Framingham, MA

To have known Chris is to have loved him instantaneously. Chris would bring out the best in all around him. He genuinely wanted to see people succeed. He loved what he did- and did what he loved. His passion, dedication, leadership, friendship and charisma will be missed tremendously. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. Sending my love to all.

Barbara and Tom Kroll
Broadbiew Heights

God bless you and keep you in His arms.

John Reppucci
Saugus MA

I am so very sorry for the loss of Chris. He was an amazing person and a dear friend that I have known for many years. Sending love and prayers and may he Rest In Peace

John Reppucci

Perry Rosenfield
Boston, MA

I had the pleasure of working with him for about six months, at the end of his time at the Sheraton Needham. While my time working with him was short-lived, I just enjoyed his infectious spirit and he always found a way to reinforce the idea that the guest comes first. He is sorely missed!

Kent McGee
Plano, Texas

I’m very much hard to get close to, so for strangers it takes some work to get to know me and develop a bond. Well Chris broke those rules. The first time I met him, we clicked and we developed a friendship very quickly. Chris simply was a delightful person with a heart of gold. We didn’t get much time together in our short time working on the Aloft/Element Boston but we developed a friendship that should have taken 10 years to develop. Chris was a truly special human being that was loved by many people. He was taken way too early and has left a huge gaping hole in many hearts. RIP my friend

Leonard Fiorenza
Galveston TX,

You just will not leave my mind today so I must say that when we worked together in NOLA and PLAYED together many nights it was some of my best time there. You were sincere and honest about everything and tried your best to help the Sheraton succeed and were missed when you left the hotel. When I go back to NOLA one day I am going to go have a (Seperator just for you) and I don't like them:) RIP CHRIS

New Orleans

My sincerest condolences to Chris's family and friends. I cherish the time working with Chris at Whotel in New Orleans. He was a beautiful soul. His light will continue to shine through the memories of all who were blessed to know him.

Elsie Lowder
New Orleans

I worked with Chris at the W New Orleans and remember how much he loved his job and how everybody enjoyed working with him and for him. I will always remember how much he loved to sing! He knew i loved a certain song and he started singing it to me...after that on my birthday I would get a phone call from wherever in the world he was and he would start singing that that always put a smile on my face...I will miss him, but so glad i met him and considered him to be my friend. My Condolences to his family...he was a GEM!

Leon young
New Orleans LA

You will be missed my man. I know you have found peace

Bruce Turransky
Oakland Park, Florida

So sorry for the loss of your son. I knew him for many years in Boston prior to moving. He was a wonderful person.

Rob Oskey
Everett, Ma

Sincerest condolences to all family and friends. Chris was a great guy and will be very missed.

Pauline Anderson

Having met Christopher in New Orleans while I too worked for Starwood and watching his career grow he was an amazing team player. I was able to know him better while he was in Boston a very talented and charismatic young man. I am retired now and sadly Christopher will be missed by all who knew him. To his parents , & family members my sincere condolences prayers for you all cherish his memories.

Becky Kryska

My heart is hurting from this terrible loss. Christopher is my husband's cousin. I was a little nervous meeting the 'extended' family. I was greeted with open loving arms. Christopher and Scott jumped right in and took me under their wings...... I remember many Golden Girls Holiday marathons and discussions, lunch and shopping trips... and many fun nights out!!! Christopher please have a Grey Goose Martini with the Golden girls ladies for me. And as Sophia says " may he rest in peace ....til I get there!!"

All my Love,
Becky ......Cousin Betty

Nikki Harris
Slidell, LA

My sincere condolences to the family. Best Boss Ever!!!!

Holly Borst

Chris was my General Manager at the Aloft and Element in 2010. I can remember the interview like it was yesterday. He came in and lit up the room with his grace and charm – he asked me what my favorite candy was and why. I got the job. A month later, that candy was on my keyboard. He remembered. Even years later after my time at Aloft and Element, he reached out a few times to ask where I was, and if I would be interested in a sales position. Chris didn’t forget. He made you feel welcome, special, and appreciated. I am thankful that I got to meet him. I am thankful that I could call him my GM, even if for a short time. I still work in the hospitality industry, and will forever remember Chris as a bright light and influence on my career. May he be at peace.

Robyn B

My heartfelt condolences on your loss.

Richard J DiGianni
Everett, Mass

There are now words strong enough to ease the sorrow of your passing my dearest friend. No arms big enough to comfort the family and friends that you have left behind. You touched so many in your special way and those of us that were touched by you are blessed.
Never forgotten, always loved.

Chef Jay Z & Jen Z & Claire Bear Z
Fort mill, DC

Christopher!!!!!!!!! We love you. I have so much to say but do not know how to say it! So…. Yes, my johnston Murphy shoes match my belt. JWU ‘98 kicked off our friendship and it was history in the making from there! West hall, hospitality, south hall, to me talking to you about my women in my life, to the historic drag show benefit, to the adventures in Boston, the caramel apple lip gloss, to dinners and drinks in Boston, to meeting so many people that you inspired, influenced and just knew over the years, to your Charlotte,NC visit, to my jobs taking me to see you, to our friendship and awesome “brother” relationship we built! You will be missed soooooooo much ya “B”. “Hunny” say hi to Momma Z for me and go have a martini with her & make sure her shoes match her belt!!! Love you Christopher.

Shirlee Olgiate
Garner, NC

Ken and Lydia, my heart breaks for you and your devastating loss of your son. There are no words of comfort that can heal your pain. Hoping that the happy memories will bring you some peace. We are sending our love and prayers to you two and Scott. Allen and Shirlee

Mickal A Baldinger
New Orleans

Will never forget our adventures in New Orleans after Katrina. Mr and Mrs Hartzell will be sorely missed in our Hotel community. Thank you for lending him to us for the short time you did. Job well done.

Cheryl Tilton
New River AZ

I met Chris at Lexington Aloft. We quickly became friends and I grew to love him. He deeply cared for each one of his friends with a passion. He always made me smile and taught me so much. He talked about his Babcia and parents so much that you felt like you knew them. So sad. I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss him beyond words and my heart aches thinking about him. I am happy he is in God's loving arms and with so many who love him

Boston MA

It was a pleasure working with you @the Aloft and Element Boston Seaport in 2016 and May your beautiful soul rest easily!

Johanna M Szabo-Blenkhorn( Yogi)

Oh honey where do I start. God takes only the best and that is exactly what he did. I know your family came and brought you home. I will miss our Laughs and how we cried when our pups crossed over the rainbow bridge and how you weren't to sure if you wanted another pup and you showed me his picture and told you Chris that pup needs you as much as you need him and you told me I was right. You were a great friend and I love you so much and you told me you loved me too. That I will carry in my heart forever. Till we meet again and we will I'm sure of that. I am so sorry Scott, and Mrs. and Mr. Hartzell and I am flying to Ohio to see you one more time Love. Your Johanna forever

Cate eldridge
Nashua NH

May God give you the grace to accept this and the serenity to carry on- Chris here in Massachusetts will be forever loved, celebrated and remembered .. For each time we speak his name he lives on in and through us - May his family feel the love so many felt for Chris - he was my boss. my mentor , my friend and an extraordinary human being Be at peace my friend. Until we meet again - God Bless his family especially his Mom, Dad, brother Scott and of course my his fur baby Reno -

Alanna Pilcavage Braun
Selden, NY

I have been staring at this for a while now wondering what I can possibly share that doesn't include shenanigans, antics, bad ideas, stalking questionable wardrobe (mostly by me) and a fair amount of foul language. Here is what I can say... you were a force like no other. You touched people's lives in a way most of the world have never seen before, bringing out the best in people. You loved people hard, something too much and you pushed people to be their best selves and to live in their truths. I admire you for being unapologetically you and showing people it is ok to be unapologetically them. I know we lost touch for a while but when we found each other again it was like we didnt miss a day. I am going to miss our calls ...singing, laughing and you talking to the girls. ....I am heartbroken but mainly because I am jealous that God gets to have you there in heaven with him......until we meet again my dear friend....I love you! ~ Alanna

Debbie Katsiroubas
Natick, MA

I met Chris through his dear friend & coworker at the Sheraton Needham, Anne Engel. From the beginning, it seemed like I had known Chris for years because of his warmth, infectious laugh, kindness and thoughtfulness. I feel so blessed to have known him and I loved him dearly. Rest in peace my sweet, wonderful friend. Debbie K.