Velda R. Boenitz, 81, of Noblesville, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Woodland Terrace of Carmel. She was born on September 18, 1939 to Raymond and Edna (Stithem) Hecht in Kansas City, Kansas.
For over 30 years, Velda 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. Velda directed numerous fundraisers for the Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Center Point, Indiana, and the USA Dog Greyhound rescue.
She is survived by 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.
Velda 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 Velda's care.
Memorial contributions on Velda'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.