Russell G. Hartmann

Russell G. Hartmann, 95, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and formerly of Vernon, beloved husband for 51 years to the late Delphine (Scheibe) Hartmann (1998), passed away peacefully at his home with his family at his side.

Born in Rockville, the son of the late George and Wella (Schneider) Hartmann, he grew up and lived in Vernon for many years before moving to Ft. Myers, Fla., with his wife, Del. Russell owned and operated the former Hartmann's Supermarket in Vernon for 53 years. He was a beloved employer, and he considered everyone who worked at the supermarket part of his family. He began his career in the grocery business when he was in his late teens to early 20s, when he went door-to-door selling meat and groceries from the back of his truck. After he served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1946, he operated his father's small grocery store. He later built a supermarket in 1956 and expanded the store five times. He sold the store and retired in 1990. During World War II, he served in New Guinea and the Philippines. He was a cook and baker for the Army 508th Heavy Maintenance Ordnance, and was known for baking birthday cakes for everyone in his outfit. Russell enjoyed traveling with his wife to Europe, the Middle East, and throughout the United States. He liked playing bridge and cards with friends and was an avid golfer. One of Russell's greatest thrills was holing a chip shot on the 18th hole to help his team win the 1972 Pro-Am, Greater Hartford Open. He was a longtime member of First Lutheran Church in Ellington and St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Ft. Myers. He was a member of the Ellington Ridge Country Club, the Forest Country Club in Ft. Myers, the American Legion, and was a life member of the Rockville Lodge No. 1359, BPOE. He was a former director of the United Bank of Hartford, and former vice chairman of Vernon National Bank, and former trustee for Rockville General Hospital. Russell was a former partner of the Talcottville Development Co., Northgate Apartments, Mt. Vernon Apartments, Fox Hill Apartments and the A.L.&H. Orange Groves in Labelle, Fla. He and his wife believed in giving back to their community, so they started the Russell G. Hartmann Family Charitable Foundation in 1990 that still contributes to nonprofit organizations in Vernon.

Russell is survived by his beloved daughters, Carol Hartmann, and her husband, Jim McCarthy Jr. of Vernon, and Beverly Hartmann of Vernon, with whom he made his home; a granddaughter, Jaime Mailloux of Vernon; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Mailloux of Vernon; a brother, George Hartmann of Ellington; three nieces; a nephew; and special love and affection for his grandson, Brenden Mailloux's family, Jessica Ramirez, and India Ramos of Vernon. In addition to his wife, Russell was predeceased by his grandson, Brenden Mailloux (October 2011), and his brother, Raymond Hartmann.

His family will receive friends for calling hours on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road (Route 83), Vernon.

Funeral services and burial will be private and at the convenience of his family.

Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Visiting Nurse & Health Services of Connecticut Hospice, 8 Keynote Drive, Vernon, CT 06066; or to the Hockanum Valley Community Council, 29 Naek Road, Suite 5A, Vernon, CT 06066.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13, 2012