James Jacob Hartenstein III, 43, of New Freedom, Pa., died unexpectedly Sunday, June 27, 2010, at home. Born Oct. 1, 1966 in, York, Pa., he was the son of James J. and Sharon L. Bamforth Hartenstein, of Glen Rock, Pa. He was the husband of Tami A. Sechrist Hartenstein, with whom he celebrated 10 years of marriage Oct. 8, 2009. He was a fifth-generation funeral director at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary in New Freedom and Stewartstown, Pa., where, over the last 20 years, he companioned hundreds of families and helped to lead the family business as co-owner and vice president of funeral service operations. Next to spending time with his family, he enjoyed fishing with his daughter, hunting and being outdoors. He was also a fan of auto racing, was a sports enthusiast and liked following and forecasting the weather. Surviving, in addition to his parents and wife, are a daughter, Grace Elizabeth Hartenstein; sister and brother-in-law Jennifer L. Hartenstein McGraw and Chris McGraw; a niece, Stella James McGraw, of Stewartstown; and aunts, uncles, cousins and many extended family members and friends. Friends may call from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 pm. Thursday at J.J. Hartenstein Mortuary, 24 N. Second St., New Freedom. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main St., New Freedom. Interment will follow in New Freedom Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to THE JIII FOUNDATION, c/o PeoplesBank, PO Box 925, Stewartstown, PA 17363, to create a living legacy for children dedicated to nurturing their love for the outdoors. Sign this guest book online at www.carrollcountytimes.com.
Published in Carroll County Times on June 29, 2010