Betty H. Hartman

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Betty H. Hartman
of Binghamton
Betty H. Hartman of Binghamton passed away Wednesday, May 12th. Surviving are her beloved son and daughter-in-law, Martin H. Hartman II and JoEllen B. Hartman; beloved granchildren, Martin H. Hartman III (Rosemarie) and Jennie V. Hartman; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David C. and Kym Hayden, Oliver W. and Nancy Hayden; a sister and brother-in-law, Carol H. and Donald Vest; sister-in-law Marilyn C. Hayden; sister-in-law Betty Hartman Pelton; brother-in-law Warren Thomas; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and good friends. Betty was predeceased by her parents, Hallie I. and Leta C. Hayden; by her husband, Martin H. Hartman; by her brothers, Edward L. Hayden and Hallie I. Hayden Jr.; and by sister Lucille H. Lewsader. Betty was born on August 4, 1931 in Brooklyn, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mansfield State Teachers College in 1953, received an M.S. from Ithaca College in 1963 and a M.M. in Performance (voice) from SUNY Binghamton in 1974. Betty was a music educator in the Union-Endicott Central School System for most of her 25 years of teaching, most recently as Director of Choruses at U.E. High School. She retired from the Hyde Park Central School District after nearly ten years of teaching there. She had a private voice studio in her home in Greene. As a music educator, Betty initiated the first all-boy elementary chorus in the Endicott Schools, wrote voice arrangements and piano accompaniments for children's songs, was choral director for the first all-Broome County Elementary Chorus and her concert choruses and vocal soloists received distinguished ratings in NYSSMA competition. During her career, Betty conducted the Motet Singers of Binghamton, the Endwell Community Chorus, was Assistant Conductor of Cappella Festiva in Poughkeepsie, NY and was Director of Music at Binghamton's Tabernacle United Methodist Church. As a soloist, Betty performed with Cappella Festiva, Poughkeepsie's First Presbyterian Church, Binghamton Symphony Orchestra, Binghamton's First Presbyterian Church, New York Chamber Choir and the Sullivan County Community Chorus, among others. Betty was particularly proud of being soloist at her graduation ceremony from Mansfield, of being a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus when she lived in California in 1979, and having the respect of her students and colleagues during her teaching years because she loved them and loved doing what she was doing. She also loved her family more than life and was so very proud of the achievements of Marty, JoEllen, Martin, Rosie and Jennie.
A public memorial service will be held Saturday, July 3 at the Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church, Main Street, Binghamton with The Very Rev. Paul C. Doneker officiating. The time of the memorial will be published at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Janet Brady Memorial Fund of Trinity Memorial Church or the , 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790. The family would like to express a grateful thank you for the loving and compassionate care Betty received from the staff and volunteers of Lourdes Hospice. Additional gratitude is extended to the team at Compassionate CareGivers who filled our ever-changing schedules with warmth and concern. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rootfh.com.

Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin on May 16, 2010
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