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In loving memory of
William Herbert Hartmann
  • September 03, 1949
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  • March 21, 2021

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William H. Hartmann (Bill) was born on September 3, 1949 to James Edwin Hartmann and Corinne Louisa Fischer in Milwaukee Wisconsin.  He was baptized into the Christian faith at Atonement Lutheran Church, and later confirmed in the faith at that same church in 1963.  Bill received his elementary and secondary education in Milwaukee, WI, went on to receive a degree from the University of Wisconsin, and subsequently graduated from the Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI.

Bill married Elizabeth (Liz) Gehrau at Woodlawn Lutheran Church on February 28, 1970.  Bill is survived by his wife Liz, father James Hartmann, children Dana (Paul) Peterson, Kristine (Joel) Gerbitz, Timothy (Elaine) Hartmann, Kurt Hartmann, Kathryn (Joe) Gallo, twenty-one grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers.  He was preceded in death by his mother Corinne Hartmann.

Bill dedicated his life to the ministry serving multiple congregations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and as foreign missionary for many years in Malaŵi, Africa.  Since 2008, Bill and Liz have enjoyed being members of Immanuel Lutheran in Winter Haven, Florida.

A memorial service will be held for Bill at 12 pm  (EST) on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1449 34th Street N.W., Winter Haven, FL 33881.

The service will be live streamed, and can be viewed via the following link at the time of the service: https://youtu.be/Q-jCCyrGmsw .

In memorial of Bill’s strong belief in and support of Christian Education, donations to the Immanuel Lutheran College Student Aid Fund in Eau Claire, WI are appreciated en lieu of flowers.  Donations can be made to “ILC SAF”, referencing the Bill Hartmann Memorial, and mailed to 1449 34th Street NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881.


Lift up your heads, O you gates!

And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,

The Lord mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!

Lift up, you everlasting doors!

And the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

He is the King of glory.

Psalm 24:7-10


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  1. Barbara Boville Martin says:
    28 Mar 2021
    Keeping you, Liz, and the Hartmann family in my prayers. Bill, along with his brother, Mike, was more than a cousin. He was my childhood friend and teacher of many skills: to color within the lines, catch snakes, climb trees, and most importantly, play baseball. See you later, Bill!

  2. Becky Breaux says:
    25 Mar 2021
    So sorry Liz. I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Nathan Baliles says:
    24 Mar 2021
    My heart hurts for all you Hartmanns in the loss of Bill. I am grateful for the time we shared in Malawi, especially since we were some of the only Americans at St Andrews Secondary School (I loved having Kristine in my class), and I'm praying God will comfort you and grant you peace now and in the days ahead. We rejoice in the assurance of Heaven! Much love from all the Baliles!

  4. Christine Gerbitz says:
    23 Mar 2021
    Keeping you and your family in our prayers. Rejoicing with you in the assurance of the resurrection for all believers in Jesus, even as you mourn your earthly loss. May God give you the true peace only He can give. All our love. John and Chris Gerbitz

  5. Ted Lau says:
    23 Mar 2021
    I was saddened to hear of Bill's passing. I remember so many good times during the year we worked with him I pray at Shepherd of the Hills. I pray for God's comfort through the resurrection of Jesus Christ to all the family.

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