Funeral services for Vincent Hartman of Chokio will be held Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Chokio. Father Peter VanderWeyst will be officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Monday. Burial will be in the St. Mary's Cemetery in Chokio. Chokio American Legion will provide military rites.
Vincent Leo Hartman, son of Frank and Katherine (Hochstatter) Hartman, was born July 15, 1918 in Wilmont. Vincent grew up on a farm near Wilmont. On Aug. 7, 1941 he entered the United States Army where he served in Algiers, Tunisia, Naples and Rome. Vincent received an honorable discharge on Oct. 15, 1945. On Jan. 12, 1946 he was united in marriage to Natalie Briggs. From this union, four children were born. The couple bought a farm in Everglade Township in Steven County. Vincent lived on the farm until 2007 when he moved to West Wind Village where he lived until the time of his death.
Vincent was a member of the VFW of Morris. He enjoyed playing cards with friends. He also enjoyed old time music, especially the Nite Owls. He also attended music festivals and dances. He also enjoyed attending Army reunions. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Vincent died on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 at West Wind Village in Morris, having lived to reach the age of 91 years.
He is survived by his wife: Natalie Hartman of Morris; three children: James (Susan) Hartman of Farwell, Lawrence (Connie) Hartman of Chokio and Brian (Pam) Hartman of Lindstrom; ten grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; son: Peter; one brother: Donald and five sisters: Helen, Luella, Monica, Thelma and Genevieve.
Pallbearers for the service are: Arlene Lillis, Heidi Louwagie, Holly Carrington, Steven Hartman, Christine Mahoney, Matthew Hartman, Alicia Hartman and Sarah Hartman. Honorary pallbearers are: Lawrence Koepp, Paul Hartman, The Eucharistic Ministers of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Vincent's Neighbors and Friends and all of his Army friends living and deceased. Amy Blackwelder will serve as organist with Tom Horning and Sandi Marlow Weber providing special music. Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris is in charge of the arrangements.
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