Published On: Sat, Jul 23rd, 2016

Boca Raton Philanthropist, Countess Henrietta DeHoernle, Passes Away At 103

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 2.58.46 PMCountess Henrietta DeHoernle, 103, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2016.

Countess DeHoernle was born on September 24, 1912 in Karlsruhe in southwest Germany, and immigrated to live with her grandparents in Queens in 1931.

In 1950, the Countess met businessman and engineer, Adolph, Count de Hoernle, at a Liederkranz Club masquerade ball.  Soon after marrying, the couple moved to Bronxville, NY, a Westchester County suburb of New York City, where the Countess began volunteering at Lawrence Hospital’s thrift shop.

Adolph sold his company, Stewart Stamping, in 1965 and following some considerable world travel and many visits to the area, the couple retired to Boca Raton in 1981—convinced that Boca Raton was, indeed, the “Jewel of The Gold Coast”.

During her lifetime, she made major gifts to nearly 150 nonprofits in Boca Raton. From Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Lynn University, to Boca Helping Hands and the Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum.

Her philanthropy tradition was much more than just Boca Raton. Back when the couple lived in New York, they volunteered at a hospital thrift shop, where they both provided music scholarships to students.

Her many friends can’t say enough about this very special lady who gave of herself for decades for the community.

Countess DeHoernle will be deeply missed by all of us here at The Boca Raton Tribune, she was one of our most avid readers, and was the first person to have a mail subscription of the paper when we began publishing in 2010.

Countess’ story would fill many pages, which a majority of would be of her times in Boca Raton where she selflessly gave her time, dedication, money, and efforts to making Boca Raton the special city that we all know and love.

Information on the memorial service will be released when more information is given.

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  1. Irene Zingg says:

    The Countess will be greatly missed. She has been one of the most generous persons I have met since I’ve lived in Boca. The world should have more people like her and her husband. Their contribution to knowledge and art can be witnessed in every corner of this city.
    Everyone in my family has benefited from the various art courses available at the Boca Museum.
    God bless their souls.

  2. Carol and David Stern says:

    So sorry about the Countesses passing
    We were fortunate to have known her and loved her
    She was such a lovely lady and she had quite the sense of humor
    Rip ?❤️?

  3. What a legacy the Count & Countess left to Boca Raton and other communities. They truly have made the world a much better place; promoting culture, all arts & more along the way.

  4. The Count and Countes De Hoernle were so generous in life. They gave so generously to every charity and to the arts while alive. She believed one should give while alive to see that it’s going into the right hands. A gracious woman with a beautiful smile and sense of humor…
    She left a mark in Boca Raton. An example of how the wealthy should give with love and respect.
    RIP

  5. Alan Krame says:

    I had the great honor to photograph the Countess on many occasions for the Order of St. Johns. I also was the photographer for her birthday celebrations, including her 103rd! She was always gracious. friendly and made you feel important and special. She was a very special person. I am glad that I had opportunity to know her. She will be missed, but she will live on in the hearts and minds of the many people whose lives she touched.

  6. Renee Plevy says:

    The Countess was such a beautiful woman inside and out. I has able to capture this in her oil portrait that I was commissioned to paint for PBSC -which is permanently hanging in the Boca campus IT and HUMANITY Building named after her.

    We spend so very lovely afternoons laughing and chatting when she was sitting for her portrait.

    For four years she was always honored at my charity event Portrait of a Woman.

    I will miss her- a great woman has left us.

  7. David m lile says:

    During a down time in my acting career i worked as a drafter of wills and trusts at a major ny law firm. The countess would call quite often concerned that she hadn’t provided enough for children, grandchildren and many various charities. She was so generous and truly cared for her intimate family and her world family. She and the Count left the world a better place.

  8. Abby Widmann says:

    A true Virgo, an amazing person who South Florida will truly miss. Bless your heart and my condolences to your family.

  9. The Countess was a great lady. Gracious, Kind, Generous. Her legacy is written all throughout Boca Raton on buildings and parks and theaters donated by the Countess and her husband over the decades. We are all better for having had her in our lives. Rest In Peace Countess.

  10. Mary Ann Milhous says:

    The Countess will be sadly missed by all who knew her. What I loved about her, next to her gracious philanthropy, was her wonderful sense of humor which was with her to the end. RIP Countess

    Mary Ann Milhous

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