Hart, Gilbert H.
Gilbert Hart's life (May 4, 1951 - July 23, 2014) was defined by his values of honesty, reliability, and work ethic shown through his passion for his family, teaching, and coaching. He was known for his strong will, resolute morals, and natural ability to lead. He always stood up for what he knew was right and left a lasting impression on everybody he met. His tenacity in what he set his mind to drove the countless achievements in his personal and professional life. He saw life through a humorous lens and often remarked, "Don't take yourself too seriously."
Born in Black River Falls on May 4 of 1951, he was the fifth of nine children of Bernard and Agnes Hart. He grew up working on their dairy farm in Alma Center, where his daily responsibilities and childhood experiences shaped his strong character and deep devotion to family. He graduated from Alma Center Lincoln High School in 1969, where he was a four year varsity letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and track, with numerous athletic awards. He attended UW-La Crosse from 1969 to 1974, where he played football and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Education, minoring in Economics. Continuing his education, he also earned Bachelors' Degrees from UW-Eau Claire in Physical Education in 1978 and again from UW-La Crosse in Computer Science in 1981. He taught high school math in Belleville, WI from 1974 to 1975 and in Wilmot, WI from 1978-1979. He worked as a business analyst at G. Heilleman Brewing Company and headed operations at Mapco in La Crosse, WI from 1981 to 1989. He moved to Hortonville and taught at Hortonville High School from 1989 to 2010, serving as Mathematics Department Chair from 1999 to 2008, at which time he made significant contributions to the department by developing curriculum. Throughout his years teaching, his passion was coaching softball, football, and basketball. He was locally renowned and respected as an iconic coach. His achievements included leading the girls' softball team to the WI state tournament four times and winning the school's first state championship in 1996. While he was the softball coach, he also finished second at the state tournament twice, won ten conference championships in twelve years, accumulated over 200 career wins, and was awarded numerous coach of the year awards.
Gilbert married Annette (Johnson) Hart on August 10 of 1974 in a small country church near Hixton, WI and enjoyed nearly 40 years of marriage together. They have four children, Rachel Hart (Jared Van Thiel), Bernie Hart (Rita Cotter Hart), Jarod Hart (Rachel Debes Hart), Addy Hart (Matt Selle), four grand-dogs, and three grand-kitties. He is survived by three brothers, Ronald (Debbie), Raymond (Peggy), and Jerome (Sheila) Hart, three sisters, Bernice (Larry) Gustafson, Barbara (Dave) Hebert, and Diane (Tony) Palm, brother-in-law, Dan Hait, and sister-in-law, Susan Knobbe. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Agnes Hart, his brother, Robert Hart, and his sister, Arlene Hait.
"Never forget how much your family loves you and you love your family" - Gilbert Hart
A memorial service for Gilbert will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Christus Lutheran Church (N1915 Julius Dr. Greenville, WI), with Rev. Jen Christenson officiating. A gathering of family and friends will take place Sunday, July 27, 2014, from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Borchardt & Moder Funeral Home, Hortonville and also at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Remembrances may be made to the
in lieu of flowers @ www.donate.heart.org/
Borchardt & Moder Funeral Home Inc
109 W Main St Hortonville, WI 54944
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on July 25, 2014