|Birth: ||Feb. 10, 1930|
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 2003|
Joseph N. Hartmann entered eternal life suddenly on October 8, 2003, at his home in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He was 73 years old.
Joseph was born in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University. He worked as a reporter for The Detroit News for 13 years.
He later joined the Wayne County Road Commission, eventually retiring as the commission's executive director. He then went on to head two private ground transportation companies, one of which he helped found.
Joseph was an active supporter of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Detroit. He was one of a small group who began the church's annual smelt fry, now in its 44th year (2003). The fundraising classic began after someone left 250 pounds of live smelt at Jacoby's Bar downtown. Mr. Hartmann and his friends organized the event in only a few days, selling tickets at $5 apiece, donating the money to the church, and beginning a fundraising tradition that continues today.
Joseph is survived by his beloved wife, Elaine M.; his dearest daughters, Lesa Meng and Amy (Charles) Taylor; his wonderful grandson, Charlie Taylor; and his dear sister, Helen Vail.
Services: Saturday, October 11, 2003, at 11:00 am at Most Holy Trinity Church, 1050 Porter, Detroit, Michigan.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph N. Hartmann Scholarship Fund, Most Holy Trinity Church, 1050 Porter, Detroit, MI 48226.
Arrangements by Chas. Verheyden Funeral, Inc. of Grosse Pointe.
*Joseph's wife, Elaine, entered eternal life on April 30, 2008 at the age of 78.*
Elaine M. Gell Hartmann (1930 - 2008)*
Created by: Elizabeth & Ron
Record added: May 10, 2008
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