Mary Margaret Hartman, 88, died Saturday, April 19, 2014.
Nov. 13, 1925, in Kenton, Ohio, to the late Lillian and Willis Walker,
she soon moved to Coatsville, Pa., where her father was an accountant
until the Depression hit. At that point she, her brother and parents
moved back to Kenton and moved in with her grandparents, Emma and Ralph
Couts, who owned the town grocery store. That store is where Mary
Margaret worked, selling candy after school and where so many wonderful
memories were made. While in high school in Kenton, she was the editor
of the yearbook and that is when a certain young man began driving her
home after school. After WWII, that certain young man, Maurice Hartman,
her high school sweetheart, became her husband of 54 years.
Margaret was also a resident of Van Wert, Paulding, and Mt. Vernon, as
her husband was transferred with the Ohio Power Company. She later
retired to Waverly and Columbus, and was an avid quilter, “jigsaw puzzle
doer,” bingo player and bridge player. She was known for her always
bright and ready smile, and she was laughing and smiling until the very
end. A retired school teacher, Mary Margaret taught kindergarten in Van
Wert and Paulding. She then went back to school and obtained her
learning disabilities certification and spent 10 years teaching in the
LD field at the elementary school level in Mt. Vernon.
After her retirement in teaching, and move to Waverly, she conducted
bell choirs for over 15 years, feeding her deep passion in music. After
moving to Columbus, Mary Margaret joined the St. Luke Lutheran Church
and at the age of 84 became part of the church bell choir. She was a
member of AAUW, serving as scholarship chairman or president for several
years, and was a member of Latham Chapter 346, Order of Eastern Star.
Margaret will be dearly missed by so many friends and family, and by
anyone who was blessed to know her. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Maurice A. Hartman, and her brother, John W. Walker.
are children: Mark (Linda) of Van Wert, Marsha (Joe) of Elida, Margaret
(Matt) Leppert of Gahanna, (who was lucky to take full-time care of her
in the last few months). Surviving grandchildren are Matt (Courtney)
Eickholt, Alyssa and Amy Hartman, Joshua and Rachel (fiancé Matthew
Smithburger) Carson, Abby and Ryan Leppert; great-grandchildren Jordan,
Conlan and Keighley Eickholt.
The family wishes to thank Pam,
Adama, Shannon, and Kristen of Mt. Carmel Hospice for treating Mary
Margaret with such love and care, and giving so much support to the
family. They also wish to thank the many neighbors and friends who came
in and spent time with Mary Margaret.
The family will
receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the
Schoedinger Northeast Chapel, 1051 East Johnstown Road, Gahanna. A
funeral service will be held the following afternoon at 1 p.m. at St.
Luke Lutheran Church, 4456 Morse Road, Gahanna, with the Rev. Steve
Brown officiating. The family will receive friends before the funeral
service from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. A private family interment will follow at
Truro Cemetery in Columbus Grove, Ohio, at a later date.
may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn of Central OH, 1379 Dublin Road,
Columbus, OH 43215 (www.alz.org/centralohio) in Mary Margaret’s memory.
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